Heroes and Role Models
Setting the Stage
A Whole Lot of Heroes
A Hero In Your Life
Activity One: Setting the Stage
This activity should get your students wheels turning. They get a
chance to define some terms, and reflect on many different kinds of role
models and heroes.
students in small groups. Each group needs a dictionary. If students all
have their own dictionaries, thats even better.
Ask students to look up hero and role model in their
Ask them to prepare a short presentation to the group defining hero
and role model, including their opinion as to whether there
is a difference between the two terms.
Students give their presentations. Write their definitions on the board.
Note any differences between different definitions.
Discuss the students opinions on any differences between the two terms.
Make it clear that this is a matter of opinion.
Ask students to do a short focused freewriting on the subject of heroes
and role models
Refer to the Freewriting unit if you need to: http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/adulted/lessons/lesson18.html
Activity Two: A Whole Lot of Heroes
Your class will brainstorm four lists. If you dont have enough blackboard
space, use flip chart paper. You want to keep the lists on view for this
a list of heroes and role models that the students are familiar with, such
a list of heroes and role models that the students do know, such as family,
friends, and/or the community where they live. It's very possible that the
students might not know each others role models. My mother
is obviously not the same mother for everyone, but that doesnt matter.
Brainstorm a list of What we admire about these people for the
a list of What we admire about these people for the list of
people the students know.
Discuss any differences between those last two brainstorm lists.
After the brainstorming ask students to do a focused freewriting called:
My Heroes and Role Models
students share their writing in small groups. Ask volunteers to read their
writing's to the whole group.
Activity Three: A Hero In Your Life
Part One: Picking a Subject
each student a few index cards.
students to list people they know who have influenced them in a positive
them to circle three who seem the most interesting.
students to write one of those names on each of three cards.
write a few sentences about each person on the cards.
students up into pairs and have them read their cards to each other.
Ask students to pick one person to write more about.
Go around the room and ask each student to say whom they are writing about.
Part Two: Writing a My Role Model Essay.
First, students are asked to write several chunks about their role model:
students to write a description of the person: their appearance, their voice,
their behavior, and another else that describes the person. This exercise
should be one or two paragraphs long.
Ask students to write a short history of the relationship with the role
model. When did they meet? How did they meet? How have things changed?
Ask students to remember an anecdote that involves the role model, and write
it down in a few paragraphs. The anecdote should show how this person was
of influence or why this person
Activity Four: Culminating Activity
Have a reading celebration:
Students practice reading their essays about role models in pairs before
the day of the celebration.
Supply each student with a stack of note cards or little squares of scrap
paper for writing responses.
volunteer to read their final essays to the whole group.
After each student reads, the other students write short responses to the
essay. The responses get passed in to the reader.
Use the Internet to research role models from the celebrity
brainstorm list. You can use the same process you used when students wrote
about people they know. The difference is that here they are writing about
what they have researched, not from their own experience.
Students can write reports about popular heroes and historical figures that
Students can make displays using photographs, magazine and newspaper clippings,
and their own writing.
Web sites you that can help students with their research: