PACE: Anti-Heroes, Byronic Heroes and Everything Else

Today time was spent looking at variations on heroes by examining the concept of the anti-hero and the concept of the Byronic hero.

An example and explanation of the Byronic Hero can be found here.

The Anti-Hero is explained in a great TED-Ed video.



I Am Hero Week 3 Organizer due today

Flocabulary list #2 – actually gets introduced next week when the internet should be working better

Pitch to Product self-assessment for the group – due by Friday

I Am Hero project – Due Next Friday

Heroic Adventure next Wednesday – Please get yourselves blue slips completed.  We will be leaving on the FTC Bus at appx 7:30.



PACE: Pitches Become Projects

true-hero-meme-generator-he-s-the-hero-we-deserve-but-not-the-one-we-need-right-now-65e69fToday is the big due date.

And Mr. Ryder is out with either a sick kid or a conference.

So . . .

Work on finishing touches on the Pitch to Product projects.

Self assessment?  Be prepared to write an analytical essay of your group’s process and outcomes when we get back from break.  (Work on it ahead of time if you like.)

Meanwhile, make sure you have completed both of the graphic organizers for I Am Hero.  They are in your Google Drive.


It’s PACE.  There are lot of choices to make over break.  Make good ones for both your well-being and your learning.  Balance, grasshoppers.

PACE: Mythology, Heroic Cycles, Hunger Games & Ulysses

We begin our look at mythology by getting some foundational knowledge of the term from our good friend Deepak Chopra, the fine people at TED, and the Mosaic Multicultural Foundation.

These three videos to a fantastic job of laying out just what we mean when we talk about mythology.  I think Chopra’s definitions are beautifully succinct and demonstrate the magnitude of relevance here. I love what Pattanaik does in terms of comparison, helping us to see the differences between the east and the west and clarify why cultural clashes exist AND show why it would be so easy to just relax and let one another be AND why people don’t.  And Meade’s definition makes that much more sense when you consider what Pattanaik has to say.

Flipped classroom?  Almost.  Should’ve had this stuff for you folks to watch over the weekend.

After watching all of Chopra, some of Pattanaik, and all of Meade, we will discuss and then you’ll likely be off to eat lunch.

After lunch, we pick up our work with the monomyth and the heroic cycle.   Last week we did a hurried little simulation in our hallways.  Today the weather is perfect so to the cross country trails we go to create heroic journeys.  Bring cell phones, cycles, cameras and imagination.


  • This week, you have the 2nd lit circle graphic organizer to complete.  (The first one is due today.) This one focuses on the call to adventure, crossing the threshold.  The next will focus on on helpers and amulets.  The fourth will focus on the flight and return.
  • You also have the Pitch to Product project due at the end of this week.
  • Flocabulary SAT 1: Transformation work is due on Friday
  • And I Am Hero is due May 6.  Yes, that may seem a long ways off, but it will be here before you know it when you consider we have a week of break in there.


PACE: Pitches into Products & More

We’ve got a new rubric: Pitches into Projects

There are several elements to this rubric that will be covered in the next couple of weeks, mythology and evolution chief among them.

Today, the goal is to work, work, work on those trailers and chapters ahead of getting started with Hunger Games & Adventures of Ulysses literature circles on Wednesday.  At the heart of this work will be two essential questions:

1) To what extent has heroism evolved over time?

2) How does a story grow into a mythology?

Wednesday we begin the journey of answering those two questions.