Using MY HERO Free Resources for Language Arts
Curated Free MY HERO Resources and Lesson Ideas to Use for Virtual Education due to School Closing and Homeschooling
April is Poetry Month:
Students are encouraged to submit original poems to the MY HERO Mattie J. T. Stepanek Poetry Contest
Submit your work for the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Poetry Contest. All Ages Deadline: 5/1
Students are encouraged to submit original poems to the MY HERO Mattie Stepanek Poetry Contest.
Students make films illustrating poems or a spoken word performance. With examples.
High School Resources: Write an Essay About Your Hero
The Five Paragraph Essay Outline provides guidance for teaching and writing high school-level essays about heroes.
Sample High School Essays
High School and Middle School Resources and Ideas to Enhance Learning
Students Examples of Using Film to Illustrate a Poem
Taft High School student, Matthew Marroquin, takes on the task of illustrating this poem by Robert Frost.
Taft High School student, Deana Saito, creates a beautiful visual expression of the poem by William Wordsworth.
Choose an Original Poem or a Poem Written by a Favorite Poet to Illustrate. Below is an example.
Middle School Resources: Write an Essay About Your Hero
Sample Middle School Essays
My great-grandma has taught me a lot about willpower. She was born in 1908 and was raised in the years of segregation.
Middle and Elementary School Students
Writing Activity after Reading a Biography or Autobiography
Students choose a biography or autobiography about someone they consider a hero. Students fill out a web that includes adjectives describing hero characteristics the subject of the book portrays. Students use this web as they write a story about their hero. The following two stories use a web and original illustrations.
Elementary School Resources: Write a Story About Your Hero
Students submit stories and illustrations to MY HERO for Publication
Early Elementary - have students draw a picture of their hero and then write one or two sentences about the individual and why that person is their hero (working on proper sentence structure and punctuation).
Upper Elementary - have students choose a hero and write 1-3 paragraphs about the individual and why that person is their hero (working on proper paragraph structure with proper punctuation).
Sample Elementary School Essays: Encourage Students to Use Their Own Artwork to Submit with Stories
Edward's dad Jinji emigrated from Singapore to America, earned a college degree, and started his own business.
Mattie Stepanek, born with muscular dystrophy, published seven best-selling books before passing away at age 13.
Students can share their Hero Essays through our Create Program
Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.
Lesson Plan: Use this lesson plan as a way to integrate MY HERO resources with students.
This all-ages, MY HERO lesson plan is useful for helping your students create meaningful hero essays.
For Additional Resources and Lesson Plans, Go to the MY HERO Lesson Plan Center
Learn about a New Hero Every Day of the Year: Use the MY HERO Calendar in the Classroom
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