Heroes and Role Models
Students identify heroes and role models they are familiar with. They write a paper about people they know or celebrities they admire. They research people using the Internet and other research materials.
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The Concept of Diversity in World Literature Lesson 5: The Tragic Hero
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10th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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10th - 12th English Language Arts
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8th - 10th English Language Arts
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7th - 12th English Language Arts
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9th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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