Hero Project

  • Subway Hero

    We were first introduced to the Subway hero, a man who risked his own life to save another's. This story helped me to narrow down what I thought a hero was as it gave me a reference.
  • First Free-write

    We were given a few minutes to answer some questions- Do I know an heroes? Do I know anyone the media calls a hero that I don't think is a hero? Have I done anything heroic? We were also asked our current definition of a hero; mine was- Riasking your own life to save someone elses, going out of your way to stop someone from getting hurt, protecting someone even if they don't want you to.
  • First Chapter Friday

    We learned about what John McCain and Roy Benevides did for their country at risk to their own lives. The story of Roy Benevides really impacted me and led to me adding something to my definition of hero- someone who does what they think is right regardless of consequences.
  • Second Free-write

    Thinking about the Roy Benevides story and the so-called "moment of maddness," I felt the need to change my definition of hero once more: heroes don't expect to be heroes, they just do what they can and what they think they should.
  • Interview

    We began watching the interview of Kristi Quillen, a woman who gave up everything she had to help others, demonstrating a selflessness we've come to expect in heroes. It helped cement that part of my definition.
  • Picked Book

    While in the library, I chose the book and hero I would be spending my time researching, Benedict Arnold. I'll admit he was a strange person to pick, but I'm a strange person. He stuck out the most to me and I felt compelled to chose him. Plus, the book promised it was a true story of heroism.
  • Heroes in Literature

    We talked in class about heroes that were of the fictional variety and came up with many different kinds of heroes, just like there are in real life. I found that many of the people I thought of as heroes in books fit the definition I had been compiling about those in real life.
  • Class Talk

    In class, we talked about what a hero is and what qualities they have. This talk also covered the different kinds of heroes which helped me to see that not all heroes ran into dangerous situations and risked their lives to save others, even though those who do are heroes.
  • Powerpoint

    We watched a powerpoint and listened to three songs that talked about heroes in the world. We learned a lot about what others had been doing in the comunity. It also helped me to realize children who raise money to help those in Japan were heroes in their own right.
  • Read Book

    It was while I was reading the book on my hero that I came up with something that a hero wasn't; an attention seeker. My hero did most of what he did for glory or to have others think highly of him, something I think no hero should do.
  • Finished Heroes in Literature Blog

    While writing about what I thought a hero was and contrasting that with what I had thought as a child, I realized how quickly public opinion can change and just how many people there might be out there that were heroes, but no one knew about them.
  • First Chapter Friday 2

    Hearing all the passages about the other people everyone had chosen as heroes put things into perspective for me. I knew this project was about creating our own personal definition of hero, but I hadn't realized that everyone's definitions could be so different. Some had people who simply defied the status quo in their social circles, yet they could still be thought heroes.