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TITLE: My Hero
GRADE LEVELS: 1-5
AUTHOR: Mrs. Debbie Alexander
SCHOOL: Woodlawn Elementary School
DISTRICT: Twin Lakes School Corporation
APPROPRIATE GROUP SIZE(S):
Whole Class: No
Small Group: Yes
TIME REQUIRED: 1 day
- Gather information about a personal hero.
- Write a paragraph about their hero.
STATE ESSENTIAL SKILLS PROFICIENCIES:
- Language Arts 3.2:
Elaborate on the meaning of written text.
Comprehend text beyond what is actually written by inferring character feelings and motivations, textual details, cause-effect relationships, and making personal connections with the text.
- Language Arts 3.3a: Use the writing process:
Plan and organize ideas before beginning to write. Write a first draft and proofread the draft to make changes that clarify and/or correct errors in meaning and flow.
MATERIALS and RESOURCES:
- Teachers and students will need to talk about the definition of a hero.
- Have students draw a picture of someone they feel is a hero to them. Collect and display the students drawings.
- As a group, brainstorm a list of characteristics that make heroes of the people they have drawn.
- Using a 3X5 index card, allow each student to record his/her hero's characteristics on the card, and place the card on their drawing for display.
- Each student will choose a hero, and write a paragraph describing their hero. The paragraph should explain why they have chosen this person as their hero.
- Each student should proofread and edit their paragraph with their teacher, and rewrite their paragraph, as necessary, to correct errors.
- After their paragraphs have been edited and revised, students should publish their paragraphs on the My Hero Project Web Site.
- After publishing their paragraphs about their heroes, students will use the links on the web site to research an historical or contemporary figure with a partner.
- Partners will collect facts about a chosen hero and present their information to the class.
- Each set of partners will choose a method of presentation (i.e. tape recordings, posters, skits, oral reports, etc.), will develop their presentations, and will present their information to the class.
- The student's ability to:
- Select an appropriate hero, and articulate the characteristic's that make the person a hero.
- Follow the proper process of writing/rewriting, and complete a quality paragraph describing their hero.
- Use the Internet to publish his/her paragraph.
- Work with a partner.
- Develop a presentation, and present it to the class.
Invite a guest from the community to visit and speak to the class about their heroes.
It is important to emphasize that everyone has a hero, and that people can have more than one hero.
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