English Language Arts Education Resources by Grade Level

Detailed English language arts resources for teaching students how to write about their heroes.

High School Resources

The Five Paragraph Essay Outline provides guidance for teaching and writing high school-level essays about heroes.

Mastering the Five Paragraph Essay With MY HERO
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Using MY HERO in the Classroom - the MY HERO Teacher Training Video

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Susanne Nobles and her students share their process for creating MY HERO essays.

Sample High School Essays

Robin Williams - Just a Man

By: Jake Conlon
Robin Williams was an actor and comedian, named the funniest person of all time by Business Insider.

George Orwell

By: Sadie Cook
George Orwell was a writer who spoke out against a totalitarian government through dystopian stories.

Emma González

By: Nikki F.
Emma González survived the Parkland high school shooting and successfully fought for improved gun legislation in Florida.

Middle School Resources

Students can use the three-paragraph essay to talk about their heroes.

Sharing Your Hero in Three Paragraphs
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MY HERO essays aren't only about facts; they're also about heart.

Answering the "So What?"
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Sample Middle School Essays

Louis Zamperini

By: Annika from Eden Prairie
Louis Zamperini was a WW2 prisoner of war survivor who forgave his tormentor and inspires others to forgive.

Sadie Dunn

By: Jemirio from Roxboro

My great-grandma has taught me a lot about willpower. She was born in 1908 and was raised in the years of segregation. 

George Taliaferro

By: Nathaniel from Marietta, Georgia
George Taliaferro was the first African American drafted by a National Football League team.

Elementary School Resources

Students can write a hero essay answering the questions: who, what, when where, why... and how?

Using the Five Ws to Write a Hero Essay
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What is a Hero? the MY HERO Teacher Training video

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Teacher Marci Stein from Canada explores the question "What is a HERO?" with her grade 4 students.

Sample Elementary School Essays

My Dad Jinji

By: Edward

Edward's dad Jinji emigrated from Singapore to America, earned a college degree, and started his own business.

Cesar Chavez

By: Marilyn B
Cesar Chavez was a migrant farm worker and civil rights activist who co-founded the United Farm Workers Association.

Mattie Stepanek

By: Leah

Mattie Stepanek, born with muscular dystrophy, published seven best-selling books before passing away at age 13.

Lesson Plans

This all-ages, MY HERO lesson plan is useful for helping your students create meaningful hero essays.

Teacher Susan Nobles Shares Her Lesson Plan
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Teachers Kimberly Kenna and Mauro Sheridan share their lesson plan to help students understand the true qualities of a hero.

Heroes vs. Celebrities
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The following hero Stories were curated by MY HERO General Editor and Writer Shannon Luders-Manuel. Shannon is a master's graduate in English Literature and is based in Hollywood, CA. 

Organizer created on 8/6/2019 5:08:54 PM by Shannon Luders-Manuel

Last edited 10/30/2019 2:01:07 PM by Laura Nietzer