Elements of the Epic Hero Cycle

Here's a handy worksheet applicable to any study of epic heroes, including those in epic poetry. Readers record examples from their text that identify the quest, the tests, helpers and companions, as well as the low point, the resurrection, and restitution of the hero.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use to introduce the epic hero cycle, as a note-taking guide or as a post-reading assessment
Classroom Considerations

  • Presumes readers have an understanding of the elements of the hero cycle including the quest, the resurrection, and the restittution
Pros

  • The worksheet identifies the elements of the cycle, and provides enough space for readers to record their examples
  • May be used with any text
Cons

  • None