Hero Stories Teach

6, 7, 8

Learners study the charts they made in the previous lesson to find hero traits related to courage and the classic hero story. They compose a summary line for each real-life hero.

PrintOne 20-minute lesson

The learner will:

  • compare and contrast key themes in the classic hero tale with traits of real-life heroes.
  • compose a slogan or inspiring saying that communicates the key lesson learned from a real-life hero.

Completed chart papers from the previous lesson


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Display the chart papers from the previous lesson. Remind the students that each group explored the qualities of a different real-life hero.

  2. Give the students about five minutes to move around the room and read the charts, or have groups present their charts to the whole class.

  3. Refer to the chart of classic hero traits from Lesson One. Ask the students to identify traits from hero stories that match traits of these real-life heroes.

  4. Have the students self-select a chart that they did not create. Working in a new group, they look for lessons they can learn from heroes about courage and facing daunting challenges. As a group they come up with a one-liner or slogan that communicates "the lesson" one can learn from their selected hero.

  5. Students write their composed slogan on the bottom of the chart.