Use engaging examples from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and other popular literature to teach mythological archetypes and the epic hero journey cycle. The lesson includes character archetypes posters, slideshow presentation, interactive notebook foldable graphic organizers, and a pennant banner activity for your middle or high school students. The assessment requires students to identify character archetypes in your class novel or any book or story and to support their ideas with evidence from the text.
★ PDF pages that can be printed for a bulletin board display or projected on your whiteboard (comparable to PowerPoint)
★ Engaging examples from literature that students love
★ Easy-to-use black and white printable handouts
★ Editable pennant banner and graphic organizers so that you can add your own archetype labels
Character Archetypes Taught in this Unit
(1) The Hero
(2) Mentor or Sage
(4) Loyal Companions
(5) Damsel in Distress (and Empowered Damsel)
(7) Evil Minions
This bundle includes 3 character archetypes resources, plus an option to download the full set in a zipped folder.
★ Posters for each character archetype and epic hero journey
★ Interactive notebook foldable graphic organizers
★ Pennant banner template for each character archetype
★ Assessment graphic organizer
All files are PDF and easy to open or print with any device.
First, choose whether you will print the character archetypes posters, project them as a slideshow or both. To display them on a bulletin board, print pages 3-11 on white cardstock. You can also enlarge them to make full-size posters using Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader.
Next, prepare copies of the graphic organizers and assessment for your students. Edit the templates on pages 7-8 if you want to use your own archetype labels. Print one copy per student of pages 4-6 OR 6-8.
For the character archetypes pennant banner activity, decide how many copies you will need of each pennant. For a whole class novel, you might just want each student to create one pennant. With book clubs or literature circles, each small group should create a complete set of pennants for their novel. For independent reading, you may want each student to create a full set of archetype pennants as a more involved reading response project.
How to Use this Character Archetypes Lesson
These materials are perfect for a mythology unit like The Lightning Thief or The Odyssey. They also work well when you teach a fantasy or science fiction genre study. This lesson is also a great introduction to the Common Core standard RL.8.9: Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.
Use the character archetypes posters to create a bulletin board display or word wall. You can also project the PDF poster pages on your interactive whiteboard or projection screen to support classroom discussion. As students take notes on the graphic organizers, ask them to brainstorm more examples from current fiction or your class text.
Use the pennant banner to create a student-made bulletin board or hallway display. This often makes an attractive visual display for Open House or Back-to-School night!
Since the assessment requires that students support their claims with evidence, this organizer takes some time to complete. If you will be using it as a quiz during class time, it is helpful to have students annotate and flag examples of archetypes as they read.