Introduction | Task | Process | Resources | Evaluation | Conclusion
Since ancient times, societies have created and appreciated stories of heroes and acts of heroism. Heroes of the past were often larger than life characters, warriors possessing great physical strength, courage, and loyalty. These heroes embodied the characteristics necessary to survive and flourish within these ancient societies. Today, the concept of a hero has been expanded to include many real people of diverse backgrounds: scientists, soldiers, athletes, and often ordinary people performing extraordinary acts. Whether real or imaginary, historical or modern, a society's heroes reveal the characteristics that are valued by its people.
You will research people deemed heroes by modern society, and you will write a unified essay about what it means to be a modern day hero. In your essay, use ideas from two resources to establish a thesis about what it means to be modern day hero. Be certain to use evidence from two different resources to develop your claims about what it means to be a modern day hero.
The following instructions will make the completion of your task easy!
The following links will bring
you to sites you will use to gather your information (Each link will
open in a new window):
Hugh Thompson: The Forgotten Hero of My Lai
Jonas Salk Remembered As Gracious Hero of Century
Thor Heyerdahl: Norway's National and International Hero
Miss McCarty's Gift Keeps on Giving a Year Later - Original Oseola McCarty Article
Jan Karski: A Message Still Fresh
Thomas Andrews: The Titanic Designer
Cesar Chavez: Labor Leader, Tireless Advocate for Farm Workers'
Lois Gibbs: Love Canal, NY Resident and Environmental Activist
This WebQuest essay will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Uses ideas from two resources to formulate an insightful, complex thesis about what it means to be a hero
- Uses specific and relevant evidence from both passages to develop your thesis
- Ideas are organized in a logical and coherent manner
- Uses language that communicates ideas effectively
- Follows the conventions of standard written English
When you complete this WebQuest, you will be able to describe some modern concepts of a hero. Do you feel that society values "the right" people? Who are the heroes in your life? You may want to explore other stories of heroism to better understand society's values and clarify your own.
by L. Lopez
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