18 October 2009


“The Hero’s Journey Archetype”

David N Chung


OCC GATE Conference 2009: “Riding the Wave of Change”


UC Irvine, SSL 290

The Hero's Journey in Film

[Teachers, please view before presenting to students]
A 10-minute exploration of the human journey of the hero as seen through the eyes of some of cinemas most celebrated heroes and legends. A film by Ciaran Michael Vejby, inspired by Joseph Campbell's "Hero With a Thousand Faces."

What do Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lois Lowry’s The Giver, C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Homer’s The Odyssey all have in common? All have heroes that partake in a journey of significant change, that is, the “hero’s journey”. All stories have heroes that are truly profound for our students today—profound when enabling students to explore the archetype of the hero in literature and in their own lives.

Discover how to facilitate this literary, personal, and collaborative exploration on the hero’s journey archetype enhanced with the elements of depth (patterns, big ideas, ethics) and the parallels content imperative that culminates with a photo essay using iPhoto. This session will also cover how to take Response to Literature essays and assignments to another deeper and meaningful level through the literary analysis of archetypal criticism—differentiated for upper elementary and middle school students.

  • Premise: the Hero in Us [Shrek, Jack, Zack]
  • The Hero
  • The Journey
  • Terms
  • Sources
  • Archetypes:
  • Symbols
  • Situations
  • Characters
  • Variations of the Journey
  • Key Characteristics of the Journey
  • the Organizer

The Matrix and the Monomyth:

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