We often think of heroes as someone with magical powers, or someone with superhuman strength and abilities. In truth, heroes are found all around us in everyday life. Welles Crowther, as well as so many others on September 11th, displayed true heroic qualities that any of us are capable of possessing. For this activity, students will choose someone in their life who is their hero and create a poster about that person. They should make sure to include why that person is their hero.
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Objective: Create a poster highlighting someone who you consider to be a hero in your life.
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| Emerging |
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The descriptions are clear and at least two sentences.
The descriptions can be understood but it are somewhat unclear.
The descriptions are unclear and are not at least two sentences.
The illustrations represent the descriptions using appropriate scenes, characters and items.
The illustrations relate to the descriptions, but are difficult to understand.
The illustrations do not clearly relate to the descriptions.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are somewhat correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly incorrect.
Begin by clearly explaining the activity and its objectives. Talk about how this activity will help students recognize more important people in their lives who do not possess any magical power but still can be considered heroes. Tell the students how they can utilize this activity to be more grateful for the brave and heroic people in their lives.
Once students are clear on the activity, ask them to select a hero or any person they think fits their criteria of a hero. For instance, the person who magically makes everything right, who can solve any problem, who is not scared, and who they want to become like when they grow up.
Guide the students on what sort of elements they can add to the poster. For instance, do they want to draw their hero or write more about why they consider this person a hero? Students can pick a few elements such as some interesting facts, a small drawing, character traits, and what they like about this person to add to the poster so the information looks organized and understandable.
Create a display location in the classroom or school where the posters can be displayed, if at all possible. This enables other students and instructors to respect the work and heroes that each student has selected. Students can further discuss their perspectives and stories with their class fellows and get more insights about their lives.
Ask students to consider what they took away and learned from the project when it is finished. Encourage them to express their opinions and offer suggestions on the project.
Heroes frequently exhibit qualities like bravery, selflessness, empathy, honesty, tenacity, and a willingness to accept risks for the sake of others. Heroes are also well-known for sacrificing their life and happiness for the well-being of other people and society in general.
Our conception of heroes is significantly shaped by society. Our concept of heroism and the people we identify as heroes is influenced by cultural norms, historical developments, and media depiction. Each culture and society has its own heroes according to their beliefs and moral judgment compass.
By creating this poster, students will learn more about why they view someone as a hero and understand their own perception of a hero in a much better way. It will also help them learn more about important people in their friends’ lives and the impact strong and brave people have on the lives of other people.