PBL Icon

Project-based Learning

Creativity Icon

Creativity

DS Icon

Digital Storytelling

21st Century Icon

21st Century Classrooms

Literacy Icon

Literacy

ELA Icon

Language Acquisition

STEM Icon

STEM

Teaching Icon

Teaching and Learning

Language Arts

Math

Science

Social Studies

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

Professional Learning Icon

Professional Learning

Rubric Maker Icon

Rubric Maker

Graphic Organizer Maker Icon

Graphic Organizer Maker

PBL Icon

Project-based Learning

Creativity Icon

Creativity

DS Icon

Digital Storytelling

21st Century Icon

21st Century Classrooms

Literacy Icon

Literacy

ELA Icon

English Language Acquisition

STEM Icon

STEM

Teaching Icon

Teaching and Learning

By Subject

Language Arts Icon

Language Arts

Math Icon

Math

Science Icon

Science

Social Studies Icon

Social Studies

By Grade Level

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

Professional Learning Icon

Professional Learning

Pics4Learning Icon

Pics4Learning

Rubric Maker Icon

Rubric Maker

Graphic Organizer Icon

Graphic Organizer Maker

Everyday Heroes

After discussing the differences between idols and heroes, students choose a real world hero and create media resources that celebrate and promote their actions.

Apps: Pixie®, Wixie®, Frames or Share

Everyday Heroes

Question

What is the difference between an idol and a hero?

Task

Real-world heroes do not have to wear a cape, have spider-like senses or possess special powers. Outside of the comic universe, real heroes live among us and often receive no recognition for their heroic actions. The hero might be working towards peace and freedom, campaigning for a greener Earth, or helping others with everyday needs.

Choose a hero in your community, in your family, in chemistry, or another subject your class is exploring. Then, create a poster, flyer, video, web site, or other media resource to educate your classmates on this hero and how their actions are, or were, heroic.

Engage

Often times we use the words “hero” and “idol” interchangeably when referring to someone famous. What differentiates a hero from an idol? Who are your heroes? Be prepared with sample heroes and idols to help the conversation get started. Provide short essays, videos, or news articles of people from both categories. Engage students in a conversation of some of the most famous heroes of the past and present.

Question students on what identifies a person as a hero. What differentiates them from an idol? Work together to complete a Venn diagram comparing the traits of heroes and idols with the traits they share in the overlapping part of the diagram. Have the students analyze whether a person can be both an idol and a hero.

Have students choose a hero they would like to celebrate. You might focus their choices in a specific area, like science or math, or have them choose a hero in your community.

Start by having students, or teams of students who are collaborating, brainstorm what they already know about this person. This will help them identify words and phrases they can use to locate more information. Give students time to research the hero, their causes, and their actions. Possible information sources include the school library, online resources, newspapers, videos, and interviews.

As students conduct their research, make sure they can answer the following questions:

Create

Students should combine the facts and stories from their research to write a composition or narrative introducing the hero and why this person deserves a hero’s title. Work with them to determine how they might best share and show the story of their hero. Details and organized writing are essential in conveying how this person displays the qualities of a hero. Even if students are producing a poster to demonstrate understanding, a solid story about the person will help to guide their visual work.

Once a narrative has been composed, have students decide what type of product they will create to showcase their hero. Then, students should decide which pieces of the narrative they will use to direct their work. They should return to the research process to find media that supports their ideas. This might include first-person video interview segments, photographs, images they will use as models for their own illustrations, and so on.

Regardless of the type of product students choose to create, the media should include:

Work should be saved, exported, or printed so that it can be shared.

Florence Nightengale Sample

Share

You may choose to display student posters around school or see if a local coffee shop would display them for a month. If students create videos, web pages, or booklets about a family hero, burn them to CD for the students to present as a gift.

Advertisement

You could have a tech-savvy team of students create a kiosk interface to each of the projects and display the student work in a local museum or at City Hall (this would work great for a community heroes project, and you should be able to easily secure grant funding to cover the cost of the kiosk for this type of project).

Post student videos and web sites to your school web site or to a video sharing community for wider distribution. If student heroes center on a subject or career, like biology, connect with a local university or even a local biotech company to be the audience for student work. Invite local experts to help with project evaluation.

Assessment

Begin by evaluating student discussions as you work to differentiate idols and heroes. The power of their writing will be dramatically reduced if they can’t articulate the difference.

Create your own rubric for free at rubric-maker.com

Evaluate the extent of student research about their hero. How well are they able to locate accurate and reliable information? Examine students initial writing and story to help you determine whether they understand what it means to be a hero and if they can evaluate the information they find in their research. The final media object will help you evaluate how well students are able to apply knowledge and information to communicate an idea and craft a written or visual argument.

Resources

Quinones, John. Heroes Among Us. ISBN: 0061733601

The My Hero Project. My Hero: Extraordinary People on the Heroes Who Inspire them. ISBN: 0743283457

My Hero Project. myhero.com

Standards

Common Core Anchor Standards for English Language Arts - Grade 6-12

Writing Standards

Text Types and Purposes

W.6.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

W.6.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

W.6.8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.

W.6.9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

NETS for Students:

2. Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:

b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.

Advertisement
Building Literacy in Elementary
Advertisement
Middle school lessons for Chromebooks
Advertisement
Splat... Pow... Wow!

Make learning fun with comics and cartoons

Advertisement
Design a Book Cover

Lesson: Design a Book Cover

Student with their eBook

Engaging Practice: Making in English Language Arts

Historical Journal

Lesson: Historical Journal

Wixie student projects

What can your students create?

Advertisement

More sites to help you find success in your classroom

Rubric Maker

Rubric Maker

Create custom rubrics for your classroom.

Graphic Organizer Maker

Graphic Organizer Maker

Create custom graphic organizers for your classroom.

Building Literacy Guide

Pics4Learning

A curated, copyright-friendly image library that is safe and free for education.

Topics

Creativity

Digital Storytelling

21st Century Classrooms

Project-based Learning

Teaching and Learning

Curriculum

Literacy

English Language Aquisition

STEM

Lessons

Language Arts

Math

Science

Social Studies

Creative Educator

Professional Learning

About Us

Tech4Learning