History’s Heroes has been on my radar for a while, but I’m just now getting around to blogging about it. Although the site is ideal for history and social studies teachers, language arts and composition teachers will also find the free lesson plans and learning activities useful.
To state the obvious, History’s Heroes is a website that covers historical heroes—over 2,000 years of them, in fact. This site teaches students not only about the lives and challenges of these figures, it also offers a collection of activities that ask students to interrogate their own values, motivations and conceptions of heroism.
Here are two examples of the activities you’ll find on the site:
Hero or Villain Activity: After watching two animated videos in which scholars discuss their views on the nature of heroes and villains, students are asked to consider the values and assumptions they find in the videos.
Build Your Own Hero: Many of us use “hero” rather loosely. But how do real heroes look? What are their values and how do they act? Build Your Own Hero gives students the opportunity to consider these questions as they drag and drop their hero into existence.
This is only a small sampling of the activities you’ll find on the site. For a complete list, click here.