The Hero’s Journey Archetype has appeared all over the world for thousands of years. From The Odyssey to Star Wars to Finding Nemo, it is a pattern that has consistently mesmerized audiences of all ages, interests, and backgrounds. For the grand finale of our unit on The Odyssey, you will write and illustrate a children’s book that follows the Hero’s Journey Archetype.
- Apply the Hero’s Journey Archetype to your own writing by writing and illustrating a modern hero’s journey narrative.
- Apply various literary devices to your own writing in order to enhance engagement and clearly and creatively express ideas.
- Reflect on your learning experience by pulling textual evidence from your final product to support claims about your mastery of the learning goals.
Common Core Standards
RL.9-10.1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
RL.9-10.2: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
W.9-10.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
W.9-10.3.B: Use narrative techniques such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
W.9-10.3.C: Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
W.9-10.3.E: Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.
W.9-10.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
L.9-10.1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
L.9-10.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
L.9-10.5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Your narrative must have the following characteristics:
- It must be appropriate for children of all ages. 9-10.4
- It must follow the Hero’s Journey Archetype (numbers in parentheses are suggestions for the amount of pages dedicated to each step) 9-10.3:
- Ordinary World (1)
- Call to Adventure (1)
- Refusal of the Call (1)
- Meeting with the Mentor (1)
- Crossing the First Threshold (1-2)
- Tests, Allies, Enemies (3)
- Approach (3 – mixed in with tests)
- Ordeal (1-2)
- Reward (1)
- The Road Back (1)
- Resurrection Hero (1-2)
- Return with Elixir (1)
- It must have characters who fill at least six of the nine of the character roles found in the Archetype (* indicates a required role) 9-10.3:
- Wise Old Man*
- Eternal Child
- Adult-Like Child
- It must have at least three/five of the literary devices often found in children’s books 9-10.5:
- It must have at least two/three of the literary devices often found in heroic narratives 9-10.5:
- Biblical or Mythical Allusions
- Every page must be illustrated. Illustrations can be hand drawn images, digital images, collages, pop-ups, or interactive.9-10.4
- It must have a front and back cover:
- The front cover must include the title, author, and an illustration9-10.4
- The back cover must include a synopsis of the plot9-10.2 and a short About the Author sectionW.9-10.4
- It must include a letter to the reader explaining:
- How the story fits the hero’s journey archetype9-10.1-2
- The theme of the story (complete with textual evidence) 9-10.1-2
- An explanation of which five/eight literary devices you used and why 9-10.5
- It must be free of all spelling and grammatical errors9-10.1-2
Project Presentation and Due Dates
- Periods 2 and 6: November 9th and 10th
- Periods 1, 3, 4, and 5: November 18th – 19th