What Makes a Hero?

A common lament one hears today is that young people lack heroes to emulate. Is that true? Do your students have heroes? Who are they? What qualities of a hero do they represent? Which historical figures would students recognize to be heroes? Are there contemporary or even local figures with similar qualities?

Guiding Questions

What are the qualities of a hero?

What historical figures do students consider to be heroes?

What contemporary or local figures do students consider to be heroes?

Learning Objectives

List the qualities they consider necessary in a hero.

Describe the lives and deeds of national, state and/or local heroes.

Identify historic figures who have exemplified good citizenship; started new businesses; made contributions in the areas of civil rights, women's rights, military actions or politics; or who took risks to secure freedom.