The Hero’s Journey!


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Learning Target
I can examine the hero’s journey by considering examples from movies or books I’ve read so that I can apply the hero’s journey to The Alchemist.

Opening Session
READING QUIZ!!! We will open each day of this reading with a short, 5 question quiz. Do these on your own paper and HANG ON TO THEM, because you will turn them all in
together when we finish reading!

reading quiz to pg21

Work Session
Today we’re talking about a concept called The Hero’s Journey. This idea is that all stories follow the same framework, whether or not the authors intend to. We’re going to
start by watching a video that explains this pretty thoroughly:

The book we’re reading, The Alchemist, is a hero’s journey for the main character, Santiago.

Hero’s Journey

Let’s put a hero’s journey diagram on the board and see how some movies fit to it!

  • Shrek
  • Finding Nemo
  • Moana

Grab a sheet of paper (or you can use the back of today’s reading quiz) and draw the diagram. Choose a movie, book, or series you’ve seen/read and write down how it fits onto the hero’s journey diagram! Hang on to these in your notebook/journal because we will reference them throughout the unit 🙂

Closing Session
Continue your reading of The Alchemist to the end of page 47 (the end of part 1) 🙂

Formative (reading quiz, hero quest class discussion)

Process (scaffolding), Interest (hero quest movies)

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