Lesson Plan

Heroes Are All Around Us

Inspire scholars to exhibit heroic character traits.
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Students will be able to :

  • determine character traits of real life heroes
  • compare and contrast different heroes' characteristics
  • explain how they can be heroes in their lives and communities
English Language Arts
reading comprehension
text analysis
using supporting evidence
Grades 3 - 5
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 The Hook

Activity: Reading

What makes a hero? Are heroes law abiding? How do they know when to obey the law and when to disobey? Students' answers will be held off. Teacher will ask that they just reflect. Teacher will question examples of heroes brainstormed by students. Why is _____ a hero? How do you know?  Teacher will show this video

Student Instructions

Students will turn and talk with a partner of what makes a hero. They will determine if heroes can be children, everyday people, etc.

2 Direct Instruction (Reading) & Guided Practice

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Graphic organizer will be created defining character traits of a hero.Teacher will read aloud picture book on Nelson Mandela.

Student Instructions

Do heroes always follow the crowd? Do they conform? Do heroes always  follow the law and / or listen to authority figures? How can heroes bring about change when something is legal but morally wrong? Students will participate in accountable talk. Students will explain and chart out characteristics of Nelson Mandela on Padlet. They will compare and contrast Nelson Mandela to Martin Luther King Jr. and create results on Popplet.

3 Independent Practice

Teacher will demo use of PebbleGo and NewsELA in order to expose children to different online platforms and various reading levels.

Student Instructions

Students will read nonfiction piece on Frederick Douglas on PebbleGo and NewsELA. They will compare and contrast Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Frederick Douglas. Students will create a digital presentation using Haiku Deck explaining the similarities and differences. Students  have the option of scaffolding their work in pairs or working individually.

4 Share Out & Assessment

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Teacher will prompt wrap up by asking students to share out verbally and with a digital project. With lower students,  this project begins early on in the reading and is returned to it at designated intervals. Higher students are prompted  to utilize  recall skills to create the project independently at the end of the reading.

Student Instructions

Students will participate in lesson assessment through Pixton by comparing themselves and their qualities to heroic character traits. Students will have several character traits created still images and they should also include words or phrases to describe each piece as text evidence. For further differentiation, page numbers will be required. Students will have answered what makes a hero and other initial questions given at the beginning of the lesson. Students will be able to reflect on if they are heroes and what they have to do in order to become a real life hero.