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.
The following materials are used in this course and can be purchased separately:
- The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer
- Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
- Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer
- Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
- House of Light, by Mary Oliver
- A Pocket Style Manual, by Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers
- Write It Right: A Handbook for Student Writers (Oak Meadow Books)
- Two blank journals (one for each semester)
Course Length: Full year
Suggested Grade Level(s): 9, 10
View samples of our high school curriculum here.
High School Teacher Manuals are available only for families who use our curriculum independently (non-enrolled). Enrolled students and families should contact their Oak Meadow teacher directly for questions regarding course work.