The Hero’s Journey.
Suggested Time: 2.5 Hours
Use Microsoft Word, no internet access.
Create a short story from the point of view of one hero you have studied this semester.
Put that character into a new “hero’s journey.”
Here’s the catch, all elements of your new short story ought to be inspired by what you have studied this semester. All characters (hero, guardian(s), helper(s), mentor) in your story must be inspired by any other story/film/play characters you have studied. As well, the call to adventure, supernatural aid, threshold, transformation, challenges, temptations, abyss, revelation, atonements and return ought to be inspired by elements studied in any film/story/play studied in ELA 10.
Consider bringing into your story characters, settings, plots, conflicts from the following sources:
- Julius Caesar by Willam Shakespeare
- “I’ve Got Gloria” by M.E. Kerr
- “The Adventurous Life of John Goddard” by Sturart McLean
- “War” by Timothy Findley
- “Superman’s Song” by Brad Roberts
- “The Michelle I Know” by Alison Lohans
- “The Conversation of Birds” by Jean Yoon
- “The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty
Hero: Hanna – a thirty-something year-old unmarried and unhappy Social Studies teacher at Archbishop Jordan High School.
Call to Adventure: Skydiving at the Edmonton Skydiving Centre
Supernatural Aid: iPhone X with face recognition technology, and a weather app with notifications turned on.
Helpers, Guardians, Antagonists: there are several other “characters” in the story: all similar to characters studied in English 10. A man with an unusually large gap in his front teeth, a women dressed in green, and someone carrying an empty dog crate. One of the skydivers collects Superman comics, one has a sister battling cancer, one remained back on the ground because he is afraid of ducks. You get the idea.
Rough idea: The plane goes up and everything seems normal, a storm appears, then the plane appears to be heading directly at the capital where the new premier (a popular red-haired fellow with a large gap in his front teeth, but embroiled in a scandal where protesters in Fort MacMurray where injured) is about the speak in front of a noisy crowd. As the plane hurtles toward the Legislature, clues begin to emerge that a conspiracy to cause havoc and mayhem is underway …
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