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Project Description and Handouts

Tuesday -- Day 1 Explore the Myhero.com website.  Complete the webquest. Turn in to Mrs. Nocita, Mrs. Cinquanta or Mrs. Mayer when you have completed it.

Wednesday -- Day 2  Create a login for myhero.com  Fill in the basic information.  Use your school email address to register.  Under the My School box, fill in Prairie Star Middle School for school.  For teacher use Lisa Nocita.  Skip the optional boxes except for Period/Class, enter your class hour.  Then enter the Login Credentials as you would like them to be. Uncheck the box that subscribes to the newsletter.  Unless, of course, you would like to subscribe!

Then, choose an American hero to research from the list.  Your research must include a minimum of 2 quality sources.  You will turn in your notes organizer at the end of the hour.  If you do not finish, you will have additional time on Thursday.

Thursday -- Day 3  Finish research and begin writing your summary.  Your summary should be finished and ready for publication by the end of class on Friday.  Your summary will be 1 1/2 - 2 pages long.  Cite your sources!

Friday -- Day 4 Your first summary is due.  12 pt font, double space.  Print out a copy to leave with Mrs. Nocita by the end of the hour.  Save a copy to your folder too!  This weekend, choose a parent or adult to interview about his/her personal hero.  You must create and ask a minimum of five questions. Conduct your interview this weekend!  Be sure to take good notes!  See the box to the right called Personal Heroes for examples of questions you could ask.  Create your own questions too!

Monday -- Day 5 Revise your first article and begin typing up your interview.  You will be using a template from Microsoft Publisher. 

Tuesday -- Day 6  Finish the personal hero interview essay.  Have a classmate peer edit your printed draft.  Grab a peer editing form from the desk and staple it to the back of your rough draft.  Make needed revisions. 

Wednesday -- Day 7 No 3rd essay!  Hooray!  Transfer your finished interview summary to the Word template. See box on the right to download.  Print.

Thursday -- Day 8 Last day!  All essays should be completed!  We will upload your first essay to myhero.com today!

The final drafts of both essays need to be printed with MLA formatting.  Citations may be informal for this project but must be included.  Turn in by the end of class on Thursday:

1.  Notetaking form on the hero you researched

2. Rough draft essay #1

3. Final draft essay #1

4. Rough draft essay #2 with peer editing form completed by a classmate

5. Final draft essay #2


    What is a hero?

    Heroes are people who transform compassion (a personal virtue) into heroic action (a civic virtue). In doing so, they put their best selves forward in service to humanity. A hero is as an individual or a network of people that take action on behalf of others in need, or in defense of integrity or a moral cause.

    Heroic action is:

    • Engaged in voluntarily;
    • Conducted in service to one or more people or the community as a whole;
    • Involving a risk to physical comfort, social stature, or quality of life; and
    • Initiated without the expectation of material gain.  from: The Heroic Imagination Project

    The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service to others. 

    –Mahatma Gandhi

    True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. 

    –Arthur Ashe

    From what we get in life, we make a living. From what we give, we make a life. 

    –Arthur Ashe

    Nothing is given to man on earth – struggle is built into the nature of life, and conflict is possible – the hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen. 

    –Andrew Bernstein

    The point is, not how long you live, but how nobly you live.


    The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

    I’d rather die for speaking out, than to live and be silent. 


    An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.

    –Thomas Fuller


    Personal Heroes

                            Parent/Adult heroes

    Interview a parent/adult about  his/her personal hero.  This may be someone famous/well known or someone has significant personal meaning for him/her; someone who has influenced or inspired him/her. 

    Possible questions:

    What do you think makes someone a hero?  Who do you think is a hero?  Do you have a personal hero?  Who?  Why?  How has that person influenced you?  Has that person impacted your life in any way?  What have you learned from that person?  What would you like the world to know about this person?

    You will need to develop a minimum of five questions to conduct your interview, conduct the interview and take notes, and then write up a narrative summary of your interview. 

    Use the template above to write your final draft of your article.

     Standards addressed:

    SL.8.1 Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.

    SL.8.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate




    American Heroes

    George Washington      Jackie Robinson      Neil Armstrong      Sandra Day O’Conner

    Jesse Owens      Elvis Presley      Martin Luther King Jr.      Sally Ride

    Susan B. Anthony      Abraham Lincoln      Babe Ruth      Geronimo      George Armstrong Custer

    Sitting Bull   Crazy Horse      Thomas Edison      Andrew Carnegie      John D. Rockefeller      

    Cornelius Vanderbilt      Elizabeth Cady Stanton      W.E.B. Du Bois      Booker T. Washington


    Research a traditional American hero from the attached list of options.    You must use a minimum of two quality resources for your research.  Your article should include the following information:

    a.       A short biography of significant life events

    b.      Address why he/she is considered a hero.

    As you conduct your research you will need to find examples that support your thesis.  This is not a report on the life of the person you are researching.  Any information about his/her life or career that you choose to share should be significant and should demonstrate the person's heroism or heroic traits.  What distinguishes your person as a hero rather than as someone who had a successful career or many accomplishments?

    Standards addressed:

    W.8.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

    W.8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.


    How should we choose our heroes?

    What kind of heroes should we embrace?

    What is a hero?

    Where can we find heroes?

    As a child-friendly website dedicated to cultivating peace, tolerance and diversity, we will not publish anything that
    promotes hatred, violence or prejudice. Also, work must be in the student’s own words, not copied or plagiarized.
    Original sources (not search engines) must be fully credited.


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