Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding What is a Hero? Deveoping a Common Framework - Section 1: Creating a Framework


Who is a hero?  Who are the heroes in your life?

Depending on the person, you might hear the answers

  • mom or dad
  • football player
  • doctor
  • EMT driver
  • musician
  • teacher
  • basketball player

But what makes those people heroes?  What do they have in common?  What makes them heroic?  Oftentimes, it's just someone that a person looks up to.  But is that really a hero?

My students are about to embark on a debate on whether Katniss is a hero or not.  Before we can get to that debate, though, we have to take a step back and examine the concept of a hero.  What is a hero, really?  What are the qualities of a hero?  By identifying the qualities of a hero, we are able to define hero.  By doing it together, we have a common definition of a hero.  That way, when we start discussing and debating, we have a common framework.  The discussion won't be bogged down with determining what a hero is, because we've already done that. It's an extra step, yes, but it makes the actual discussion and debate more meaningful.

  Developing a Framework for Debate
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Developing a Framework for Debate
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What is a Hero? Deveoping a Common Framework

Unit 12: Novel Study: The Hunger Games
Lesson 19 of 21

Objective: Students will be able to form arguments by creating a framework.

Big Idea: What is a hero, anyway?

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