Integrate MY HERO with Special Education

All MY HERO resources can be adapted to students' needs and learning strengths.

Use MY HERO Stories to Strengthen Reading Skills

Students choose stories to read from the online MY HERO Story Library, the Listen and Read Along Story Library or listen to stories from our Audio Story Library.

♦ After reading a story about a hero, students answer: Why is this person a hero?

♦ Students compare and contrast two stories from the MY HERO Story Collection. What are similar characteristics about hero qualities? How can heroic actions be different? Use a Venn Diagram and write a paragraph about similarities and differences.

♦ After reading a story, students make a connection to their life. How did the story make you feel? What would happen if more people acted this way? How does the story inspire you?


Stories with Text and Audio: Students can listen as they read along. This is a great resource for learners with reading-based challenges like dyslexia.

Listen and Read Along Stories for ESL (myhero.com/audio-stories-2)
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Read inspiring stories about Dyslexic Heroes.

Heroes Overcoming Dyslexia
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Ways to Strengthen Students Writing Skills Using MY HERO Resources

Discuss and explore heroic qualities and character traits.

Use these ideas to write a story, poem, song or describe a photo or work of art. 


Character Traits (https://myhero.com/character-day-showcase)
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Students submit their own project about their personal hero to MY HERO for publication.

Students choose their own personal hero. Why does this hero mean something to me? How has the hero shaped my life in some way, or showed me some fundamental truth?

Students are encouraged to make a personal connection and write a paragraph or more about his or her hero to submit to MY HERO. Students can write a poem or song about their hero. Students are also able to create a piece of art such as a portrait, collage or poster in the medium of their choice to represent their hero.


Sign the MY HERO Guestbook.

Share people and organizations who are making a difference, no matter how large or how small.

Tell the world about your hero by writing a few sentences. 

Sign the MY HERO Guestbook
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Students Create Hero Films to Submit

Students show what they learn in different ways, just as students have a variety of learning styles. Allowing students to create a Hero Film allows students to experience success. 

Examples of films created by students:

Elementary School Student Films Link

Middle School Student Films Link

High School Student Films Link


Use the Create Program to Submit Films Tutorial
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Inspire Students with this Collection of Films Featuring Youth Who are Making a Difference

Each of these films features an individual who identified an issue that was important to them and did something about it. Students identify an issue that is important to them and create an action plan to make a difference. Students are encouraged to share the story of their efforts with MY HERO.

The Secret of Trees

Produced by:Albert Maysles
What do trees know that we don't? 13-year-old inventor Aiden set out to find out.

Words Have Power

Produced by:Lynne Cherry

10-year-old Jaysa rallies the community with her speeches about how the power plant causes asthma.

Olivia's Birds and the Oil Spill

Produced by:Lynne Cherry
Young Olivia loves birds, and creates over 500 paintings of her feathered friends to raise funds for Audubon's bird rescue.

The Last Straw

Lynne Cherry

Nine-year-old Milo Cress is concerned about the millions of straws that pollute waterways, waste fossil-fuel resources and harm ocean creatures. 

Young Voices for the Planet - Plant for the Planet

Produced by:Lynne Cherry
Felix from Germany is inspired by Wangari Maathai's work to plant trees with his fellow pupils.


Produced by:Diane Namm
When 8-year old Vivienne Harr heard about children suffering from human trafficking, she founded Make a Stand Lemon-aid to raise funds to fight child slavery.

Submit Art Projects to the MY HERO Gallery

Link: Use the MY HERO Art Gallery with Students
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Studying MY HERO Portraits in the Classroom to Inspire New Student Art


This selection of artists' Hero portraits create an art lesson for middle and high schools students.


Link to Study Portraits and Create New Art
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Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program

How to use MY HERO's Create Program to Publish Stories, Art, Film and Audio for Students

Tutorial for students: Publish written stories, film, original artwork and audio in MY HERO's multimedia library.

Create Program
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Additional Resources

Use MY HERO's online calendar every day of the year.

Students can learn about diverse heroes from stories, art and films curated from our growing media library. 

Multimedia thematic lesson resources, which can be adapted to the needs of students, have been curated from our calendar to use throughout the year. 

365 Days of Heroes Calendar (myhero.com/calendar)
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Nurture creativity and self expression by encouraging students to participate in MY HERO's numerous contests. Students can work offline at home on projects creating poems, art, essays, songs and short films about a hero to share with our global community. 

Click on the banners for details and deadlines. 

MY HERO Contests (https://myhero.com/herocontests)
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How to Organize Your Students' Published Work

Click Here for Information About Organizing Student Work

Explore MY HERO Teachers Room: Resources for Distance Learning and Classrooms organized by subject and grade level. 

MY HERO Teachers Room (myhero.com/TeachersRoom)
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Educator AccountBy registering as a teacher on MY HERO, you will be given special tools to organize your students’ work, as well as thematic content, on MY HERO. You can connect with teachers around the world taking part in the project by placing yourself on the community map.

Students Accounts: Students are invited to become reporters, sharing their hero stories, using our online tools. Students are able to add to their digital portfolios of inspiration year after year. 

Lesson PlansExplore media resources, activities and thematic lesson plans to use in your school, home and community arts center throughout the year. 

Media Arts Educational ResourcesResources to help your students make inspiring short films.

Heroes in the NewsExplore current events with an emphasis on heroism, selections from AP, Christian Science Monitor and MY HERO.

LibraryA virtual collection of thousands of books about heroes whose stories have been featured on the MY HERO website.

Tutorials Tutorials help you and your students use MY HERO's online digital storytelling tools.

Downloadable ResourcesDownloadable flyers help you use MY HERO's online digital storytelling tools.

If you are interested in mentoring or have questions about using MY HERO with your students, email: [email protected]

Organizer created on 5/18/2020 8:44:13 AM by Laura Nietzer

Last edited 6/18/2020 12:10:49 PM by Laura Nietzer