Thursday, May 2, 2013

Elizabeth Blackwell Medical Pioneer

What obstacles did Elizabeth Blackwell overcome and how did she change people's attitudes toward women?

Friday, March 29, 2013

Sir Bors Fights for a Lady

Compare the two knights, Sir Bors and Sir Priadan.  Did they both uphold the knights' code of chivalry?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tough Alice

Describe Alice at the beginning of the story and Alice at the end of the story.  Remember to include the events that caused the changes.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Flying in the Face of the Fuhrer

Is being a great athlete enough to make one a hero?  Give examples to support your opinion.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Hero's Test

Do you think any of our heroes today could become legendary heroes in the future?  Select one hero you feel will stand the "test of time".  Describe your hero's legendary characteristics and why he/she may endure.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Older Run

Is it possible for an animal to be a true hero?  Use examples from the story to support your opinion and include any heroic qualities shown by Cookie.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Couple of Really Neat Guys

1. Is it possible for superheroes to exist or are they only fictional characters?
2. What do you think is Dave Barry's true message about heroes?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hero's Return

Jody changes from the beginning to the end of the story.  Describe the changes in Jody and discuss the reason for these changes.

The Heroic Journey:
 While every hero's quest is unique, the stages of the heroic journey often follow a pattern.  The hero:
  • leaves home or is forced to leave
  • enters a new world
  • completes a task
  • receives a gift
  • returns home with a new vision or new power
In what ways does "Hero's Return" match the pattern of the heroic journey?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Elizabeth Blackwell

1. How did Elizabeth Blackwell's actions change attitudes toward women?
2. In what ways would you describe Elizabeth Blackwell as heroic?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sir Bors Fights for a Lady

Contrast the characters of Sir Priadan and Sir Bors.  Think about these knightly virtues:  prowess, courage, loyalty, honesty, generosity, faith, courtesy, and accepting responsibility.  Use information from the story to support your answer.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Letter A

1.  Who do you think is the main hero of this story?  why?

2.  What do people like Christy Brown and Helen Keller teach us about:
  • heroism?
  • human potential?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Tough Alice

1.  How does her experience in Wonderland change Alice? 
Discuss what she was like in the beginning of the story, what events occured in the middle, and how she had changed at the end. 


2.  What do you think will happen when she meets her cousin, Albert, after her trip to Wonderland?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Flying in the Face of the Fuhrer

Answer completely.  Check with the teacher before submitting your work.
  1. What does Flying in the Face of the Fuhrer mean? 
  2. Is being a great athlete enough to make one a hero?  Give examples to support your opinion.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Hero's Test

Answer the questions below thoughtfully and completely.  Submit after checking with the teacher.

  1.  What do you think is Theseus' most heroic quality?
  2.  Why was it important for Theseus to meet Ariadne?
  3.   Knowing that children were being sacrificed mad Theseus :"fighting mad".  What makes you "fighting mad"?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Older Run

Can an animal be a true hero?  Include characteristics of heroes an animal could or could not possess and give examples to support your ideas.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Elizabeth Blackwell: Medical Pioneer

A protagonist is another word for hero while the antagonist is the hero's opponent.  Identify and describe both the protagonist and the antagonist(s) in the story.  Be sure to give supporting details from the story.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Letter "A" from My Left Foot

  1. Who do you think is the main hero of this story?  Support your opinion with facts from the story.
  2. What do Christy Brown, Helen Keller, and Christopher Reeve teach us about heroism?  (Christopher Reeve was the man who played Superman and was paralyzed following a horse riding accident.)
  3. What do Christy Brown's accomplishments indicate about human potential?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Flying in the Face of the Fuhrer

Comment on all three questions below. 

  • What do you think the title means?
  • Why does the author tell the story of Jesse Owens?
  • Is being a great athlete enough to make one a hero?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Birdfoot's Grampa

The author of this poem, Joseph Bruchac, is a Native American.  Native Americans belong to many different nations that have different customs and beliefs.  However, respect for the earth and all living things is a universal Native American tradition.  Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation says, "All life is equal.... Unless you respect all life as much as your own, you become a destroyer..."

What are some views of heroism suggested by this poem?

Do you believe that people who respect life are heroic?

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Hero's Test

Select two of the questions to answer.  Write each response as a separate paragraph in the same post.

1.  Comment on whether Theseus' decision to fight the Minotaur is a good one.

2.  What do you think is Theseus' most heroic quality?

3.  Why do you think this story is called "The Hero's Test"?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Man in the Water

When a rescuer's name is not known, the heroic action stands as the only information tied to that person.   
Not having an identity may make these rescuers seem larger-than-life. 

Why do anonymous heroes seem to be "larger-than-life"?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Older Run

Answer two of the following three questions about Older Run.
  1. Why do you think this story is included in an anthology about heroes?