When pupils think of heroes, often film characters such as Spiderman and The Avengers come to mind. Try these free teaching resources and lessons plans to teach your students about real heroes – the ones who save lives, who make sacrifices for those they’ve never met and who make history through their heroic acts.
- From Greek mythology to American westerns and superhero comics, pop culture is full of heroic images. Study such images to inspire students to design their own modern day hero.
- A colourful PowerPoint including examples of contemporary heroes such as Malala Yousufzai and the 9/11 firefighters.
- This assembly presentation encouraging pupils to be heroic includes quotes from inspirational individuals such as Albert Einstein and Martin Luther King.
- Help pupils compose a song fit for a hero with this melody composition task.
- An exploration of heroes who dedicated their life to religion, with a particular focus on Mother Teresa.
- An assembly that teaches pupils that people don’t have to be famous to be a hero.
- Who are today’s heroes? Encourage students to have their say by writing a newspaper report in this TESEnglish lesson.
- Pupils must deliver a persuasive speech arguing why a real person deserves the Pride of Britain award over a superhero.
- A freeze frame activity where students must present different types of heroic behaviour.
- Explore the heroic behaviour of British individuals during the Holocaust with these case studies from Holocaust Educational Trust.
- A simple worksheet to encourage pupils to research black heroes from Rosa Parks to Muhammed Ali.
- Introduce the Heart of Gold and Pride of Britain awards to students, then encourage them to select a nominee for either award.
- Keep the Olympic legacy alive in your classroom with NGfLCymru’s resource pack on sporting heroes.
- Encourage students to embrace the heroism of London 2012; try these poems focusing on sporting success and heroics.
- Johncallaghan shares a five-week scheme of work and resources on Anne Frank – the real-life story of an incredibly brave young woman.
- A drama scheme of work encouraging students to reflect on heroic behaviour and improvise scenes demonstrating such behaviour.