Heroes and Role Models
This unit asks students to reflect on heroes and role models. Students will
write about people they know as well as celebrities they admire. There is
an opportunity to do research, learning about new role models and finding
out more about our current heroes. Writing is a big part of this unit. Students
are expressing themselves on a topic they care about, so they should be
more motivated to work on their writing.
- All stages of the Writing Process, but especially the planning and
pre-writing stages, Oral Language Skills, Critical Thinking.
- Research skills, especially Internet-based researching.
Students will be able to:
- Write reflectively
- Research using the Internet
- Write descriptively
- Write examples
- Write reports
These lessons are designed to help students obtain the skills they need
to move ahead according to National Standards: The National Reporting System
of Adult Education. These are the standards required by the 1998 Workforce
Investment Act. See http://www.air.org/nrs/
Research is a part of this unit. Resources for research need to be available
for students. Internet and print resources are recommended. Writing is part
of this unit. Aside from paper, pens, and pencils that students need, you
will need a few packets of 3 X 5 inch index cards and several rolls of tape.
(If students make displays as suggested in cross curricular extensions,
other materials can be used: markers, poster board, crayons, construction
paper, newspapers, magazines, and other materials to create good-looking
Web sites and video can be used to augment these lessons.
Video and TV:
- Any biographical videos can be used here. American Masters
is a great series to use in this unit
Check local listings for broadcast schedule. American Masters
is in the video collections of many libraries too.
Prep for Teachers
Try writing the “My Role Model” Essay yourself before you ask students to
do it. That will give you a better understanding of the activity and help
you recognize any potential points that may be confusing or difficult. It
will also help your students to see the cut-and-pasted rough draft of your
essay. They probably have never written that way before. Seeing an example
Also, make sure you check all the Web resources suggested here before trying
to use them with students. Web sites change. They all worked when this unit
was written, but sometimes Web addresses stop working.
Check the Channel Thirteen broadcast schedule for appropriate material on
heroes and role models: http://www.thirteen.org/watch/index.php