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Veterans Day anchor chart! "What is a Hero?" Source: The Watering Hole http://growingin1st.blogspot.com/2013/11/veterans-day-first-grade-style-and.html

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Using Chalk Talk (a visible thinking routine from Making Thinking Visible) to pre-assess students' understanding and knowledge of heros.

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Students define “What is a hero?” to determine “Who is a hero?” by those criteria in this kinetic activity and on-line essay assignment

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Deconstructing the Heroic

This blogger nails the criticism of Campbell's monomyth in writing. The problem is not Campbell, but that his profound exploration of the human experience has been degraded into a "cookbook" for writing fiction. Critics who don't understand this are too lazy or too myopic to understand the monomyth's power and scope. Criticism is easy; true understanding is not.

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This is a set of 3 "Superhero" themed writing sheets. There are 3 levels as shown in the thumbprints for easy differentiation. Students can also have fun coloring the superhero after they write. I'll use these following the poem, "What could you do if you were a superhero?"

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