A STUDY OF HEROES is designed for you, as an instructor,
to make it your own. Use your expertise and your firsthand
knowledge of your students' strengths, needs and interests
when deciding which units and featured hero(es) your
students will study; when and why the students
will study them; and how they will study them.
A STUDY OF HEROES has a unique design. It is a flexible
resource collection not a traditional tightly sequenced
curriculum. HEROES has been designed to be ‘easily’
dropped into existing curricula and instructional programs
or it can be implemented as a separate course of study.
HEROES can be used in whole or in part and in any
sequence. Activities are designed to be adopted
or adapted and easily mixed and matched in an endless number
of ways among the 30 units.
You can teach the 22 Hero Profile Units and 8 Companion
Units in any order. And, you can use as many or as few activities
and units as you deem appropriate. Instructors' selections
may change from classroom to classroom and from year to
year based on instructional styles and standards, as well
as on practical and philosophical constraints.
Instructors in our pilot schools recommended that the program
not impose a strict definition of the concept of "hero"
on the students. They echoed: "Let the students grapple
with the concept before they reach defining characteristics."
In each Hero Profile Unit, the students are asked to think
about whether the person studied is a hero and to justify
their opinion with facts. Thus, HEROES stimulates dynamic
debate and democratic dialogue not only in classrooms but
also at home and in settings for all ages throughout the
Before you begin your work with students, hold a discussion
about this program not only with all members of your school’s
faculty, administration, and extended staff but also with
your school's Parent Association and, if possible, with
community leaders. Get them involved early so that they
may participate, support, and share their own ideas about
heroes with the students.
A STUDY OF HEROES stresses both academic skills as well
as character development while bringing the classroom into
the community and the community into the classroom. Conflict
resolution, issues of right and wrong, community service
and civic responsibility are inherent to A STUDY OF HEROES.
Character development does not stop at the classroom door.
It extends into the whole life of the student. With this
in mind, HEROES has been designed to similarly reach out
to and touch all aspects of a student’s life.
This section helps you familiarize yourself with the design
and content of A STUDY OF HEROES.
Units: A Suggested Instructional Sequence
This section provides not only the titles of the 8 Companion
Units (") and 22 Hero Profile Units (•) but also
a suggested flexible instructional sequence for those who
find such guidance helpful. A link to the The Instructor’s
Guide is also available to be used as a reference at anytime
Units: Descriptive Highlights
This section provides a descriptive listing of all 30 HEROES
units and is presented to reveal a suggested instructional
sequence. A link to The Instructor’s Guide is also
available to be used as a reference at anytime
Units: Sample Pages
This section offers selected student activity pages from
all three levels of the program that will help you to evaluate
A STUDY OF HEROES as an effective academic and character
development resource for your school or organization.