As portrayed in the context information, a large majority of the students who attend Valley High School have not had true heroes in their lives. In addition, students are unaware of the qualities that make up true heroes and heroines, which causes them to believe they themselves cannot be heroes. Throughout this integrated thematic unit, students will investigate historic and literary heroes and heroines. In doing so students will learn the qualities that characterize heroism. Students will learn about heroes from all backgrounds and from the multitude of cultures that exist on their campus.
- The qualities of a true hero and/or heroine are not the ability to fly, super-strength or advanced agility and their existence is not limited to movies and television. In addition a true hero and/or heroine is not necessarily well known or praised for their heroic deeds.
- Heroes and heroines come from all backgrounds and cultures.
- The qualities that make a true hero and heroine include but are not limited to a sense of justice, giving back to the community, assisting those less fortunate and a strong will in the face of adversity.
- Each and every person has the potential and capabilities to be a hero or heroine to someone.
- What qualities and attributes make a true hero and/or heroine?
- How has the idea and imagine of a true hero changed over the course of history?
- In what ways are true heroes and heroines rewarded for their deeds?