4/18/20 UPDATE: The links are no longer working. One goes to a message that says the hero’s journey site is being updated. Don’t know how old that message is; if it’s been there for a while, perhaps that means this lesson plan is no longer being sold. If anyone knows, let me know in a comment. Thanks.
“Dating from before history, the Hero’s Journey duplicates the steps of the Rite of Passage and is a process of self-discovery and self-integration. The Hero’s Journey is a concept drawn from the depth psychology of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung and the scholar and mythologist Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces.” — Nina Munteanu
The hero path, as postulated by Joseph Campbell in 1946, has not only proven to be a durable means of exploring mythic heroes but as a way of exploring great literature and our personal journeys. While adding additional hero’s path resources to the web site of my hero’s journey novel The Sun Singer, I re-discovered the Harris Communications site with its excellent Hero’s Journey Curriculum. Written by a teacher, this curriculum has been tested by years of experience as well as its usage in many school systems.
If I had kids in a K-12 environment, I’d use the curriculum in homeschooling or hope at least one of the public school teachers was using it. Whether you personally need the curriculum yourself or for your children’s teachers, the web site has many interesting articles and resources that show the positive impact of the hero’s journey ideals for children.
Publisher’s Description: The Hero’s Journey: A Guide to Literature and Life is a 184-page teacher’s manual designed to help instructors teach and use the hero’s journey pattern in class. The curriculum, which has been in print for 13 years, includes:
* Full lesson plans, with background notes and suggested approaches;
* Student projects and activities,
* Student handouts and graphic organizers,
* Samples and models for projects and activities
* Spiral bound to open flat for lecture or copying.
* Space for your own notes and plans
Click here for more information.