Students identify heroic actions in various situations. They discuss characteristics of heroes, analyze various scenarios, create their own scenarios and resolutions to the conflicts, and participate in role-playing activities.
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The Heroic Actions of the Passengers of Flight 93
Superman, Spiderman, New York City Firefighters, passengers on Flight 93. As part of a study of the events of 9/11, class members consider the heroic actions of the passengers on Flight 93, and then craft an essay comparing their...
5th - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Heroes Among Us
A hero is not always dressed in uniform. Here, scholars gain insight into traits of heroism through images and a survivor's story about the heroic actions his colleagues took to save him from the September 11th terrorist attacks. With...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
A Lesson Before Dying: Character Development
What characteristics would your class attribute to a hero? Have them explore heroic acts and character development with a lesson from Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying. After discussing a handout, readers decide if small acts can...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Our Shared Humanity
Ann Shin's award-winning documentary, My Enemy, My Brother introduces viewers to Zahed Haftlang and Najah Aboud, two child soldiers on opposite sides during the Iran-Iraq war. After viewing the film, class members are asked to reflect on...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
BSI: Biographical Scene Investigators
Turn your middle schoolers into Biographical Scene Investigators in an investigative reporting lesson! They identify heroic individuals selected from the provided list and keep their own evidence notebooks regarding the actions of their...
5th - 8th English Language Arts
Identifying Economic Concepts in Literature
After reading Annie and the Old Ones, the class chooses an idea they agree with about Annie's actions and explain their opinion to a partner or the class. They work together to identify at least one economic concept from the book. This...
9th - 12th English Language Arts