Reflection: Trust and Respect "A Hero Ain't Nothing but a Sandwich": Imagining and Inventing an "Epic" Hero - Section 4: Envisioning Heroes Just for Fun


Establishing a culture of learning happens sooner when students have an opportunity to have fun and when teachers trust and respect students enough to let them have moments of fun and levity. Creating an epic hero demonstrates a teachers fun-loving side to students. They often become more willing to attempt challenging tasks when we give them an unexpected opportunity to get creative in English. 

There's a long tradition of artistic expression in classical texts anyway. During the Middle Ages, monks created illuminated texts, William Blake embellished his poetry with artwork, and the classic Greek and Roman epics are filled with ekphrasis, the expression of art in literature, such as Virgil's description of the Shield of Aeneas in The Aeneid. 

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"A Hero Ain't Nothing but a Sandwich": Imagining and Inventing an "Epic" Hero

Unit 6: We Need a Hero: The Anglo-Saxon Epic "Beowulf"
Lesson 2 of 7

Objective: SWBAT use the hero monomyth as inspiration for creating an "epic" hero project.

Big Idea: We all have personal heroes and ideas about heroes whether from personal experience or pop culture.

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English / Language Arts, Beowulf, Hero Monomyth, TED
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