The Hero's Journey Lesson Plans Grades 8/9

The Hero's Journey Lesson Plans Grades 8/9

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The Hero's Journey: An Introduction

The Hero's Journey, also referred to as a “monomyth,” is a narrative pattern identified by Joseph Campbell, an American literature professor, in his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces. This pattern is found in stories from around the world and throughout history. It describes the typical adventure of a hero who goes on an epic quest and faces various challenges, ultimately transforming in a meaningful way.

This resource includes the following:

  • an easily accessible introduction to the Hero's Journey
  • a sample text that illustrates each stage of the journey
  • multiple comprehension assessments + teacher keys
  • six writing prompts to foster deeper understanding and connections with the text
  • six exemplars (one for each prompt)
  • writing rubric
  • lesson plans aligned with ELA CCSS grade 9
  • 28 pages of resources