This morning we engaged in a brief writing activity to get our creative storytelling juices flowing. The students were shown the GIF below and given ten minutes to "write a story that goes with the image". Below the GIF are some of the impressive stories our students shared!
I am excited to share that we are off to a great start in our class this year! This week we will be beginning one of my favorite units of study, and one that threads together many of the things that we will do this year, a literary unit of study on the hero’s journey, or monomyth. The hero’s journey is a common narrative template that fits countless works of literature spanning thousands of years and numerous cultures. Conceptually it was originally introduced by Joseph Campbell in his influential 1949 book The Hero with a Thousand Faces.
As a way of giving the unit of study context that engages 5th grade students, we will be watching several of the famed Star Wars movies, to provide us with a lens through which to view this narrative structure. This will allow us to reference the hero’s journey of several characters throughout our unit. The movies may also spawn character studies and inquiry circle groups based around characters, themes, and ideas in the movie. As we move through the school year the stories told in these movies will provide us with touchstones that we will regularly refer back to as we study and create narrative structures of our own
As usual, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I'd like to welcome each of you to 5th grade. In just a few weeks we'll be meeting for the first time as a class and beginning to build our school community for this year. I hope that you are as excited as I am!