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Who's Your Hero? Name________________________________ Block____ Date______________________

Project description: In several Phases, we will explore different aspects of the “Hero” concept. Each Phase has a different goal, so the criteria for how we pick a hero will change as we go. Although we will be forced to pick several heroes, by the time we get to the later phases, we should be narrowing our search for a “Personal Hero.” Keeping that in mind, don't be too eager to carve his or her name on a big rock, and always be sure that the person you are thinking of fits the pattern specified in the current Phase. Generally, try to complete the steps in order, since some of them involve opinion, and it will be interesting to see how your views change as we go through this.


Phase 1a

Overview: Let's each pick a hero and do some unscientific research about this person. During Phase 1, we will be reminded that some people are heroes AND they are popular. While defining the concept, we will also explore how other people effect our view of these so-called heroes.

Selection: Pick a hero – preferably one that is living or lived until recently. This person CANNOT be a relative or anyone you ever met. This person should be famous, but does not have to be an entertainer or athlete. This must be someone that got a lot of attention for doing something important, but didn't necessarily get rich doing it. You may want to pick someone that is well known to your adult family members, because you will be using them as sources of information. You cannot proceed to the next section without teacher approval.

So, who did you pick?______________________________ __________ teacher

Reasons: What did this person do to become well-known?




What are your personal reasons for selecting him or her?




Phase 1b Due Date__________

Overview: Our goal in this step is to use anecdotal information to find out what people seem to know about your hero. Other than interviews, you are NOT being asked to do research.

You know: List facts that you know about this particular hero.




Interviews: Talk to 2 adults, outside of school, about this hero. List things that they say about the person that you had not written down yet.

Interviewee:____________________________ Date of Interview:____________






Interviewee:____________________________ Date of Interview:____________






Summary: Write a paragraph or two on a separate page summarizing your hero. Be sure to include information on significant events in that person's life, and a discussion of why they should be considered a hero. How could you be more like this person? In a separate paragraph, explore and discuss how your definition of the word hero is influenced by others. Do you feel differently about your hero after the interviews? What or who has influenced your thinking in such matters? Who's Your Hero? Name________________________________ Block____ Date______________________

Phase 2a

Overview: Let's each pick another hero and do some research about this person. During Phase 2, we will concentrate on what historians think it takes to be a hero.

Selection: Do a little research before you pick a new hero from any era. This person does not need to be particularly famous but must be well known in one of the following areas: Science, Mathematics, (even Military, Exploration, or Politics...i.e. not an athlete or an entertainer). This must be someone that made a significant contribution to his or her field. You are encouraged to pick someone that has something in common with you, and is notable because of that trait. Perhaps this person is well known for being a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field. Perhaps this person is of recent African descent. You cannot proceed to the next section without teacher approval.

Due Date:_______ So, who did you pick?_________________________ __________ teacher

Reasons: What did this person do to become well-known in a particular field?





What are your personal reasons for selecting him or her?




Phase 2b Due Date__________

Overview: Our goal in this step is to teach the class about this important person. You will do formal research, including a simplified bibliography (Book titles and authors, and web page URLs).

Research Questions: Personal info (birth, death, marriage, children, school, field(s) of study):



Steps taken by this person to be ABLE to do these things (before he/she became famous):



Contributions to field:



Awards/Milestones:




Struggles that person went through that makes him/her a hero:




Bibliography:



Presentation: Make a decorative poster (at least construction paper size) or Presentation about this person. It should have a picture of the person and pictures (diagrams) helping us to understand why this person is important. List their important ideas and contributions to their field. Hero Data Name________________________________ Block____ Date______________________

Phase 2c

Critical data concerning your hero – date blanks are long, because some dates are uncertain and you may need to include a range:

Birth Date:____________________________________

Death Date:___________________________________

Name:_______________________________________

Link:__________________________________________________________________________

Historical Significance of your hero – 2 to 5 sentences:







Critical event(s) related to your hero (optional):

Date:___________________

Event Title:_______________________________________________________

Event Description:



Date:___________________

Event Title:_______________________________________________________

Event Description: Who's Your Hero? Name________________________________ Block____ Date______________________

Phase 3

Overview: Let's each pick a real hero. During Phase 3, we will concentrate on what it takes to be a hero. While working on this phase, ask yourself if the word Hero still means the same thing it did when we started.

Selection: Pick a hero – preferably one that is living or lived until recently. This person CAN be a relative or someone you know (knew) personally. This person does not have be famous, and CANNOT be a professional entertainer or athlete. This must be someone that has gotten recognition for doing something important, at least on a local level, but didn't necessarily get rich doing it. You cannot proceed to the next section without teacher approval.

So, who did you pick?______________________________ __________ teacher

Reasons: What did this person do to become known as a hero to some people?





What are your personal reasons for selecting him or her?



Phase 3b Due Date__________ Overview: Our goal in this step is to teach the class about this important person.

Research Questions: Personal info (birth, death, marriage, children, school, field(s) of study):




Contributions to the community of man:




Awards/Milestones:



Struggles that he/she went through that makes him/her a hero:




Presentation (pick 1): Essay. Write an essay telling the story of this hero. Why is this person a hero? Could you be a hero just like this person? How? Tell of their lasting influence on the community and/or the world.

Web Site. Design a website that this hero would have if he/she could create one. How would your hero want to be represented on the world wide web? This should be more than just a MySpace/FaceBook page. It should be an entire website with separate pages devoted to different aspects of that person's life. This must be an informative and inspirational web site. Do you really think he or she would be trying to sell something? It's your call.

Design a brochure. When this person dies, there will be a a museum to commemorate their life. Design a brochure that we will hand to tourists as they walk in the front door. The brochure should include important information about the person and the building, as well as a map to the rooms. Each room will be dedicated to one important aspect of the person's life and their contributions to humanity. What will be on display? What is the significance of the building?

What would your hero do?

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