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10th grade - Hero's Tale (old)

Documents for the English 10A students - Hero's Tale Writing Project:

Hero’s Tale

Heroic Character Profile

Create the profile for the main character of your Hero’s tale story. What is he or she like? Plan this out on paper before you begin your story.

Hair & eye color:
Optional Illustration. – See Teacher’s Model

Hero’s Tale – Writing Prompt
Using the Hero’s Journey outline as a guide, write an adventure story for the character you created in your character profile. The story must have a departure sequence where the hero leaves his or her home to go on an adventure. Next, the hero must face challenges during this adventure (or quest) for the initiation stage. The challenges can be mental, physical, or a mixture of both. Finally, the hero’s tale must have a return sequence where the hero comes back from the journey with knowledge or power, refuses to return, or fails in the adventure and dies.

Be creative! This story can be about wizards and dragons, elves and fairies, supercomputers, aliens, angels and demons, or just an everyday normal person put into extraordinary circumstances. Your hero is not alone. He or she will probably have a guide, helper, or friends to assist them in their adventure—describe them. Your hero may also encounter enemies, so be sure you describe who or what they are. When you use dialogue, you must punctuate it correctly.

Dialogue Example:

Rafa asked Ms. Green, “do you have any scissors I can borrow?”
Ms. Green replied, “yes, just a moment.” Then she went to her desk and got him a pair of scissors.

Structure suggestions (5-6 paragraphs minimum):

Setting/Departure – The first paragraphs include who the hero character is, what he or she looks like, where s/he lives, and what he or she will be doing

Initiation/Challenges – one complete paragraph for each of the mental or physical challenges that the hero has to face and overcome. This can be extended if you need to include more detail. The challenge types should be based on Initiation section of your notes. HONORS: You must have at least THREE challenge paragraphs that vividly describe your hero’s encounters with an enemy or other difficulties as listed in your Initiation notes.

Return – at least one or two paragraphs explaining the hero’s return or failure. The ending paragraph(s) should have the falling action that explains how everything in the story works out.


Teacher's Example

Heroic Character Profile

Name: Jack Jamison Optional Illustration
Age: nearing 40
Gender: male
Hair color: medium brown
Eye color: brown
Personality: friendly, helpful, caring, out-going
Strengths: Dependable, trustworthy, good husband and father
Weaknesses: Spending money and credit card debt

The Hero’s Tale:

The Family Business

In the not too distant past, a man named Jim Jacob was sorting out the family’s bills at the kitchen table. He was an average guy of average height, nearing 40 with medium brown hair, and friendly brown eyes. As he sorted through the bills, he sighed. He was barely able to make the minimum payment on most of the credit cards, and after his wife’s recent car accident and hospital bills, even the insurance settlement on her totaled car was not enough to make ends meet. The finances were a mess. Jim knew they were in danger of losing their home, but he didn’t want to worry his lovely wife, Lynn, or his young daughters. They were nearly out of savings, his wife’s car was gone, and the mortgage was late for the second month in a row. His wife’s shady, but rich, Uncle Nick had offered Jim a part-time, evening job in the family business that would allow him to continue his DJ job at the classical music station. All he had to do was accept some deliveries at his house and he would get a fat paycheck. Jim never trusted Uncle Nick. Jim worried about what those packages might contain and if it would endanger his family, but he needed the money, desperately. Jim thought to himself, ‘perhaps it was worth the risk?’ What Jim did not know was that the family business was not what he thought it was at all.