Classic Hero

6, 7, 8

Learners discuss the courage and traits of a classic hero from literature or movies like the Avengers, Hunger Games, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings.

PrintOne 20-minute lesson

The learner will:

  • identify the features of a classic hero like a character from Star Wars.
  • define courage.

chart paper and markers


  1. Anticipatory Set

    Ask the learners to identify their favorite hero in the Star Wars or Avengers movies or a book that follows a hero's journey. Have them identify one courageous act of the hero. Record a list of courageous acts as they share their favorites. 

  2. Brainstorm examples of movies and books that are classic hero tales: Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter, and The Lord of the Rings. Give a summary of the features of a classic hero tale and write the italicized words in a list on chart paper.

    There is a classic hero with a humble beginning who, through difficult circumstances, is faced with saving the world. They repeatedly show courage by facing stronger enemies or daunting obstacles. Their good character and wise and loyal friends give them the strength they need to rise above their fears and limitations to ultimately change the world

  3. Review the classic hero features in italics and star the word courage.

  4. Discuss and come to an agreement on the definition of courage. 

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.
    2. Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
      1. Benchmark MS.2 Describe the importance of hearing all voices in a community and respecting their right to be heard.
      2. Benchmark MS.3 Give an example of how philanthropy can transcend cultures.
  2. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Identify and give examples of stewardship in cultural traditions around the world.
      2. Benchmark MS.4 Identify and describe the actions of how citizens act for the common good.
      3. Benchmark MS.5 Describe the responsibility students have to act in the civil society sector to improve the common good.