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Lesson Plans

As part of Heroes Among Us, Hildegard Center for the Arts has gathered together a series of inspiring lesson plans (K-12) which includes a variety of disciplines. We have even listed the National Standards that are met through these lessons to assist teachers in incorporating “Heroes” into their curriculum. This project is our gift to the schools because everyone at Hildegard believes it is imperative that we work together to help our youth reach their full potential.   As an educator, we hope you embrace Heroes Among Us and that your school chooses to participate in those parts of the project that will most benefit and empower your students.

Click here to download the Summary of Lesson Plans listed below (PDF)
Click here for Statements and Questions to Stir Debate (PDF)
Click here for a recap of additional lessson plans & resources that can be received via email at heroes.hildegard@gmail.com. List offerings include: A series of Art lesson plans from Dick Blick, a study based on Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”, teachings about the Holocaust and “Heroes and Tall Tales”.

 

Clay Lesson Plans with a Hero Theme

A Lesson For Art Students Old Enough To Use Art Tools Safely
Purpose: To create Clay Art that depicts a hero identified by the student (A website address for this lesson plan is included-the author did not give permission for complete posting of the plan but invited teachers to visit the sponsoring website)
(click here to download full lesson pdf)

Hooray for Heroes Lesson Plan
Multi-Discipline, Character-Building, Art and Literature Activities for Grades K-6
Purpose: To help students learn the characteristics of a Hero and use that knowledge to help students display those characteristics in their personal conduct and actions (Seven activities included)
(click here to download full lesson pdf)

Honor Your School and Community Heroes
For Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 in Arts & Humanities
Purpose: Students create a special event or an award to honor a hero in the school and/or community (Suitable for a class or school project)
(click here to download full lesson pdf)

“My Hero” Painted Story Quilt
For Grades K-12 in the areas of Art, Social Studies and Literature
Purpose: In conjunction with their studies of “Heroes” students will create art in the form of a quilt that tells the story of a Hero
(click here to download full lesson pdf)

What It Means to be a Hero
For Grades 3-6 but can be modified for other grades
Purpose: To help students learn the characteristics of a Hero and use that knowledge to help students display those characteristics in their personal conduct and actions (Character-building activites with an emphasis on citizenship and heroism)
(click here to download full lesson pdf)

Heroes in History ABC Book
For Grades 3-5; 6-8/ 9-12 in the areas of Art & Humanities and Technology
Purpose: To help students recognize the characteristics of heroes and apply this knowledge (through research) to learn about Heroes of the past (encourages research, writing, some art and use of technology depending upon the approach used by the teacher)
(click here to download full lesson pdf)

A Class Project: Thanking Everyday Heroes
For Grades 4-6 (but may be suitable for other ages) in the area of Language Arts
Purpose: To identify and honor Heroes from the Community through writing and other activities (Suitable for a class or school project)
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Heroes of the Children’s Blizzard of 1888
For Grades 4-8 who are studying Nebraska History, Literature and/or Art. This lesson can be adapted to other age groups as well
Purpose: To promote an understanding of the conditions and heroism displayed during the Blizzard of 1888 in the Plains States through the creation of a class quilt (Additional activities include creating spontaneous peotry, a story circle and narrative poetry)
(click here to download full lesson pdf)

Nebraska “Heroes”
For Grades 4-8 who are studying Nebraska History and Art
Purpose: Students will learn about famous and heroic Nebraskans who have made contributions to our state and nation by exploring the Nebraska State Capitol (Two additional activities include a Scavenger Hunt at the State Capitol and exploration of the community)
(click here to download full lesson pdf)

Forging Freedom: A True Story of Heroism During the Holocaust
Suitable for Grades 5-8 (but may be adapted for other age groups) in the areas of Literature, Language Arts, History, Social Studies and Geography
Purpose: Through literature, research, and discussion, the students will learn about Heroism displayed during the Holocaust (This Lesson plan requires the purchase of the book Forging Freedom: A True Story of Heroism During the Holocaust by Hudson Talbott)
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Heroes and Heroines
For Grades 6-8 (but easily adapted to Grades 9-12) in the Subjects of Social Studies, Physical Education, Art, English, Music, Science, Drama and Debate
Purpose: To identify the traits of positive and diverse role models who may be identified as heroes/heroines and incorporate the discussion into a variety of activities and disciplines (Several activites are included for each subject)
(click here to download full lesson pdf)

“Give it All You’ve Got” Heroes and Visual Art
For Grades 7-12 for use in Visual Arts Curriculum
Purpose: The students will depict a portrait of their hero through cubism. (Teachers are encouraged to visit a designated website for additional teaching resources)
(click here to download full lesson pdf)

Torn Paper Portraits of Heroes
For Art Students Grades 9-12
Purpose: Students will create an art portrait of a hero they have identified using variations of torn paper. (The Dick Blick website gives excellent visual examples of the art lesson)
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