Sunday, December 25, 2016

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Hero's Journey – From Ancient Greece to Today's Favorite Films, FREE lecture”

by Laura Randazzo
7th - 10th Grade

What do Harry Potter, Frodo, and Katniss Everdeen all have in common? All of their stories (and so many others) fit the classic storytelling pattern of a heroic journey, as established by famed scholar Joseph Campbell. 

Using many of the steps of the heroic journey as chronicled by Campbell, this full-hour lecture will allow you to share a dynamic multimedia presentation with your students. They will be on the edge of their seats as you connect the stories they love (from The Matrix to Star Wars to Finding Nemo) with elements of the Ancient Greek storytelling tradition.

This high-interest lecture is a 78-slide Prezi that also features numerous embedded video clips. If your computer can view a video on YouTube, you'll be able to view this file. This is great for a full-class period lecture, but could also be used in a flipped English classroom. Have students view the Prezi at home and then work in teams in class to connect the steps to their own assigned film title. 

Having trouble downloading/viewing the large compressed file? Just click here to see the show:
Click to view The Hero's Journey Presentation

Don't forget to click on the slides with video clips (Harry Potter, Matrix, Lord of Rings, and Wizard of Oz) for maximum fun. Also, use the "fullscreen" option in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen and you'll be able to project the presentation to your class. Enjoy! 

Want to turn this presentation into a full speech assignment for your class? Click HERE for student assignment handouts and a detailed grading rubric for you!

Want a full, five-week unit covering Greek mythology? Click here for 25 days' worth of beautifully designed lesson plans. Note: This Hero's Journey product (both the Prezi and speech assignment handouts with rubric) is included in the larger budget-priced bundle of lessons. The MASSIVE unit plan is offered at a steep discount over the cost of purchasing items separately and features a ton of content not sold separately. Go check it out!

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