The Hero Kids blog is on a break, which may turn into something permanent. However, if you, the readers, want it to start up again, just submit a comment here. We’d be happy to keep things going if people were getting value out of it.
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Posted by stephenkessel on June 2, 2008
Posted by Matt on January 17, 2008
Posted by Matt on January 16, 2008
Here are some of the fourth graders from the Rhodes and Gunderson classes at Overland Park Elementary. They were a very respectful group.
Posted by Matt on November 21, 2007
‘Show me the man you honour, and I will know what kind of man you are.’ – Thomas Carlyle
The Hero Interviews series asks two questions of people in the hope of showing what effect heroes have on our lives.
1) Who was your hero as a child and why?
2) Who is your hero now and why?
If you’d like to participate in the series, feel free to answer the questions and send them to me in an email. The Interview series can be reached at any time through the link in the Blogroll section to the right.
Posted by Matt on August 27, 2007
Joseph Campbell first explored the Hero’s Journey in The Hero With A Thousand Faces and it has been thoroughly studied ever since. For the Hero Workshop I’ve reduced it to five steps for easier digestion. There’s a link to this page on the Hero Workshop blog in the Blogroll section if you ever want to read it again.
Step 1 – The Mundane World
The first part of the Hero’s Journey sees the hero in the normal world. The hero has yet to be introduced to their journey. Often they are being held in the Mundane World by forces – sometimes through ignorance of the existence of another world. Continue Reading
Step 2 – The Call To Adventure
The spark that launches a hero onto the journey is the Call To Adventure. Something from the world of adventure appears in the hero’s Mundane World and the journey begins. Continue Reading
Step 3 – Crossing The Threshold
Now that the hero has received the call, he or she must step into the new world. This means Crossing The Threshold. This is often comes in the form of a task or a symbolic transition. Sometimes the Threshold is accompanied by guardians. These guardians help make sure the hero is ready for the adventure ahead. Continue Reading
Step 4 – The Path of Trials
Now that our hero has taken the first step, the Path of Trials begins. The path contains challenges for the hero – often covering all of the mind, body, and spirit. The trials vary in difficulty and usually culminate with a challenge that the hero must face alone. Continue Reading
The hero’s Friends and Foes have a large bearing on the Path of Trials. The Friends help the hero with making decisions and overcoming challenges. The Foes do the opposite, often confusing matters or deliberately hindering the hero. Sometimes people who appear to be Friends are actually Foes and vice versa. There are also the rare people who are Friends some times and Foes others. Continue Reading
Mentors help the hero when the Path of Trials seems hopeless or confusing. Mentors are often on their own journey and only appear in the hero’s journey infrequently, offering a piece of advice or helping overcome an obstacle, then disappearing just as quickly. Continue Reading
Step 5 – The Master of Two Worlds
After the Path of Trials has been completed, the hero heads back to the Mundane World a changed person. The world has stayed the same, but the hero is changed forever. The Mundane World becomes a better place because it has the hero in it. The journey has made the hero the Master of Two Worlds – the Mundane and the Heroic. Continue Reading
Posted by Matt on August 23, 2007
Posted by Matt on June 5, 2007
I got a whole bunch of submissions from Barnard Elementary on Friday. What a great surprise. Thanks a lot guys. I’m going to be posting some here and some on the main Hero Workshop website. The first thing I did was combine the work of Becky, Erik, and Mika on Eragon. Eragon was one of the most popular new books to come out in the last few years and with good reason. The hero’s journey is very prominent in that story. You three did a very good job of identifying the steps of the journey and especially seeing what changes Eragon went through on his journey. Well done. So, for everyone else, you can read Eragon’s journey here and forever, on the website.
The Mundane World
Eragon is a poor 15 year old boy. He lives on a small farm in the Palancar Valley with his cousin, Roran, and his Uncle Garrow.
The Call To Adventure
Eragon’s life takes a change when he finds a strange object while out hunting one day on the Spine. What he first thinks to be a sapphire-coloured stone, turns out to be a dragon egg. The egg soon hatches and from it emerges Saphira. He finds out that he is a Dragon Rider.
Crossing The Threshold
When Eragon’s uncle is killed by the Ra’zac he is forced to flee from the Mundane World. He leaves his village with Brom, his new mentor.
The Path of Trials
On the Path of Trials, Brom teaches Eragon many skills including sword fighting and magic. Eragon also meets friends, including Murtagh and Arya, an elf. They head to meet with the Varden where they will join forces to battle with his foes, a Shade named Druza, and the king, Galbatorix.
Master of Two Worlds
Eragon finishes the story a hero to many people. He represents the hope of the people suffering under a mean king because of his bravery. His journey made him a better, wiser and stronger person. He has learned that trust is more important than someone’s past or future. He has learned that standing tall is important.
Submitted by: Becky, Eric, and Mika from Barnard Elementary
Posted by Matt on May 27, 2007
I spent this morning with some fabulous fifth graders at Navigator school in Pinckney. We talked about a lot of heroes – some of the usual ones like Martin Luther King, Jr., Harry Potter, and Spiderman. But there were some new ones too. I heard from someone (who I hope writes about this on the submission page) who has Leonardo da Vinci as his hero because he inspires him to draw. Someone was inspired by their grandfather who gave up smoking and lived five years longer than they were told by their doctor. It was a good day and I was please to meet Rachel who helped out with the hero’s journey example in class. Thanks again.
Posted by Matt on May 24, 2007
I presented at Barnard Elementary today and thoroughly enjoyed it. The students were a lot of fun – especially Bertha. I’ll be posting some pictures tomorrow hopefully, so stay tuned. We talked about Bud, Not Buddy, so I hope to put Bud’s hero’s journey up on the website soon. Jacob already submitted a new hero; Chris Chelios from the Red Wings. Who else thinks he’s a hero?
Posted by Matt on May 24, 2007