"What it means to be a hero" Lesson Plan
Theme: Everyone Can Be A Hero
- Students will be able to name three qualities of a Hero, including that heroes choose to help their communities.
- Students will be able to identify at least one other person who has made the choice to help his or her community.
- Students will be able to make a list of five ways to help and make a difference in their communities.
Warm-up (10 min.)
Introduction (10 min.)
Examples of Heroes (15 min.)
Connection (10 min.)
Debrief/Reflection (15 min.)
Warm-up: Pick a short, simple warm-up game that your students will enjoy
What is a Hero? First, ask your students what they think a hero is.
· A hero is anyone who can and does make a difference in their communities.
· A hero chooses to help the community.
· A hero is open to the differences between community members and is willing to listen to other ideas.
· A hero is a positive role model for others in the community.
· A hero does the right thing.
Examples of Heroes
Batman and Superman/other “heroes” – Batman has no superpowers, but
chooses to help the community
Examples of well-known heroes
· Martin Luther King, Jr. (he promoted noble ideas and actions, stood up to opponents, worked to do the right thing)
· Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (stood up to men for women’s rights, though few other women were doing so and there were many restrictions on women)
· Barack Obama (clip of speech?)
Have students fold a piece of letter-size paper into four squares. For the first square, have them draw, write or represent their favorite superhero. For the second, have them represent their favorite well-known hero, like Mother Teresa. For the third, have them represent their favorite community hero, like a teacher or firefighter. For the last, have them draw or write about themselves. For all the squares, make sure the students include reasons why the people/others they have chosen are their favorites, and why they are a hero.
Who are other people you know who make the choice to help their
· Teachers, police officers
· Volunteers (they make the choice to make a difference, even though they don’t get paid)
Does choosing to serve your community make you a hero? Can middle-
schoolers be heroes?
Make a list of 5 things you can do to help your community – five ways in which you can be a hero like Batman.
Collect the worksheets