Monday, December 15, 2008


The Thinker, a bronze and marble sculture by Alexander Rodin in 1902.

We will often stretch our brains and think about big questions, big concepts, big ideas. I call this exercise, Thought of the Week. The idea of the HERO will be a major philosophical question that we will continue to ponder throughout the year. We will spend time reading about heroes, studying heroes, and looking at the hero mythology, which is called the monomyth (pronounced mawn-oh-mith). 

We will write our own heroic stories and apply what we have learned about heroes (the superhero, the mythical hero, and the real life hero) to our everyday lives. We will discover what it means to be a hero in our family, community, city, state, country and world. For now, all I want you to do is make a list of your heroes. Don't worry. Your hero(s) might change as the year goes along. That's no problem. 

QUESTION: Who is your hero(s)?
  1. Write down your list of hero(s) in your Literature Journal.
  2. Use your own definition of hero.
  3. There is no right or wrong answer.
  4. Most importantly, write down in your Lit Journal why you chose that hero(s). Defend your answer!
  5. Do not ask your friends for help. This is a solo project.
  6. Post your hero(s) as a comment on this blog (Due end of class, Wednesday)
  7. Post at least one comment about someone's else's list. The comment must use appropriate language and be constructive. (Due end of class, Friday.)
This exercise is worth 10 points. You get 5 points for making your list of hero(s). You get 5 points for justifying your reason(s) for choosing that hero(s). The points are all or nothing. If you do the work, you get the points. The following types of responses do not count for your justification. 
  • "I don't know."
  • "Because."
You have to try harder than that and actually think about your choices. If you like, you may draw a picture of your hero(s) in your Lit Journal. 

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