Teach mythological character archetypes and the epic hero journey cycle with examples from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and other popular literature.
★ Colorful posters that look great when printed to display on a bulletin board
★ Formatted for easy presentation on an interactive whiteboard
★ Fun examples from literature students will recognize
(2) Tips for printing PDF files
(3) Character Archetypes title
(4) The Hero
(5) The Mentor
(6) The Anti-hero
(7) Loyal Companions
(9) The Villain
(10) Evil Minions
(11) The Hero’s Journey
Print posters (p. 4-12) on cardstock and laminate if desired for a bulletin board display. If you want larger posters, you can use Adobe Acrobat’s print options to enlarge the images and print full size posters.
How to Use this Character Archetypes Lesson
These materials support a mythology unit or book study of any fantasy or science fiction novel. The posters and slideshow are especially good for stories that incorporate the hero’s journey like The Lightning Thief or The Odyssey. 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 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. When you discuss each archetype, ask students to brainstorm more examples from current fiction or from a class text.
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