Star Wars and the Hero's Journey

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Is Luke Skywalker the archetype of a literary hero? Follow the path of the Hero's Journey with an engaging lesson that details the plot structure, applies it to Star Wars: A New Hope, and invites class members to choose their own example to compare to Luke's adventure.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the lesson by assigning a writing prompt in which learners write their own short story or film following the Hero's Journey
  • Have a special movie screening of Star Wars: A New Hope during a longer class period or on a weekend for class members to attend
  • Connect to a film studies class when discussing character archetypes and elements of plot
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson doesn't extend into literary analysis skills beyond comparing two films and delineating the elements of the Hero's Journey in each
  • The resource is labeled for informational text, but the lesson itself is based on fiction

  • Provides a worksheet for learners to note the steps of the Hero's Journey
  • Lesson is engaging for literature lovers and Star Wars fans alike

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