WHAT IS IT?

My Hero Journey (MHJ) is a powerful toolkit that makes key standards in the curriculum engaging and meaningful. Students and educators alike will look forward to this part of the day, when they can go on a rewarding journey of self-discovery and apply it with Core Standards.

This dynamic and unique program is not an add-on to already busy schedules and overflowing lesson plans. It is an effective and efficient way to introduce, discuss, apply, and assess the Core standards in a meaningful way that the students and educators will be engaged in because it’s about them.

Most of the curriculum is given in the “outside in” approach, where information and data is presented to the student. Maybe it will sink in, maybe it won’t. Writing is very different. It’s the part of the curriculum that comes from the “inside out”. It comes from within the student — his or her thoughts, feelings, opinions, passions, understanding, fears, interests, etc. — and is expressed to the outside world. That is why My Hero Journey is so effective and engaging. It can take all parts of the curriculum and apply them to the students’ experiences and thoughts – their stories.

My Hero Journey is an instant and dynamic way to discover and apply key Core standards in literacy. However, it goes beyond that. It is a powerful toolkit for Character Education, class management, social skills, and much more. “My Hero Journey” enables students to discover, appreciate, and celebrate their own stories – as well as the stories of others.

This isn’t just a whirlwind program to go with whatever is trending. My Hero Journey uses the standards of literacy to leave a legacy.

EVERY LESSON INCLUDES:

Easy-to-Use lesson plan suggestions

Vocabulary builders

Read aloud book suggestions

Discussion points for collaboration

Ready-to-Use activities across the curriculum extensions

Links to standards

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Each lesson contains a variety of suggestions for activities, class discussions, and read aloud material. As the facilitator you can choose which activities would be most meaningful and engaging for your students.

Curriculum is packaged according to grade bands

K-2; 3-4; 5-6; 7-9; 10-12.

LESSON STRUCTURE

The My Hero Journey curriculum is made up of 9 lessons. The facilitators administrating the curriculum can determine the pace at which you work through those lessons. Some facilitators are choosing to focus on one lesson a month creating a class culture around the concepts. Others are choosing to use it as a learning unit that will be over a 9-12 week period.

DELIVERY DAY

The culmination project of this curriculum is that each participant will go online and digitally create a storybook all about them, complete with their hero journey. Students will upload photos of themselves, or use some of our pre-made life quote photos to fill photo slots, and type their story into the provided template. The students will receive a full-color copy of their book all about them!

APPLICATIONS TO THE 6 C’S OF EDUCATION

CREATIVITY & IMAGINATION

This realm includes artistic expression; However, it encompasses developing new ways to do things in addition to art. Creativity is at the essence of each My Hero Journey lesson, with a focus on each child discovering, creating, and sharing his or her own personal story and expressing it in a variety of ways, as he or she becomes the hero of his or her own story.

CHARACTER EDUCATION

It's through the entire process of My Hero Journey, with every lesson and every activity that each student discovers and develops his or her own unique character. Each child understands that his or hers thoughts, feelings, and behavior contribute to who they are as a person and what he or she can contribute to the larger group - the community. It truly is the evolution and power of discovering, developing, and sharing one's own story.

COMMUNICATION

Each child develops speaking and writing skills the help him or her effectively share life experiences, opinions, and other narratives. With the My Hero Journey curriculum and activities, it is also vital for each child to actively and emphatically listen to others. Children have numerous experiences to be effective communicators throughout the My Hero Journey curriculum.

COLLABORATION

With the My Hero Journey experiences and activities, children soon discover and appreciate their own talents and strengths, as well as those of others. In large and small groups, as well as partnerships, they often work together to reach common goals. It is often with these collaborative team-building experiences that they find that their story is not theirs alone.

CITIZENSHIP

Though there is great power in one's own story, no story is complete on its own. With the My Hero Journey curriculum and process, each child soon comes to realize and appreciate that he or she has a valuable and dynamic part in a larger community. It is in these discussions and activities that students have the exciting discoveries of each individual's importance in a culture and in a community.

CRITICAL THINKING

The process of critical thinking takes information from different sources and media and turns it into a form that is meaningful and makes sense. It involves a student looking at problems and solving them in a new way. Children are met with a variety of questions, tasks, and challenges to which they are expected and encouraged to look through the perspective of their own individual experiences to create their personal answers.