The Hero's Journey: Literature and Composition Coursebook


SKU: b092010


Note 11/2022: The 2nd edition of this course will be released in January 2023. The 2nd edition will feature new literature selections to reflect more diverse heroes and authors. Diary of a Young Girl and Into the Wild will be replaced with Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko and Where We Come From by Oscar Cásares.

Course Overview

The course The Hero's Journey: Literature & Composition explores the question, "What does it mean to be a hero?" It looks at literature featuring ordinary people who find themselves in circumstances that require extraordinary acts, and examines these acts in relation to the archetypal hero's journey. Lessons provide historical background on the setting and author while offering discussion points students can use to explore literary topics with family and peers. The course includes the use of a main lesson book as a reader's journal to keep track of key passages, new vocabulary, observations about characters, settings, and literary technique, etc. Students develop a wide range of composition skills throughout the course by exploring techniques and formats such as comparative essays, first person writing, figurative language, summarizing, poetry, persuasive writing, inferential reading and contextual clues, and observational writing.

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw is included with this coursebook.

Course Length: Full year

Suggested Grade Level(s): 9, 10

View samples of our high school curriculum here.

Additional Materials Required

The following materials are used in this course and are included in the course package:

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oak Meadow, Inc. 
  • Version date: July 2022
  • Pages: 224
  • Binding: Spiral bound
  • Product dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs