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Middle school lesson plan: The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jackie

Lesson plan clip - The 'ordinary world' of Little Jackie
Lesson plan clip - The 'ordinary world' of Little Jackie
Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons

This is a Hero’s Journey lesson plan for grades 5 to 8. It is built around a ten-part story series about a sixth-grade girl known as Little Jackie. These ten stories are based on Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey process.

In this first story of ten, students will learn about the archetypes of being a VICTIM versus being a HERO. They will learn about dealing with the fear of ‘dying socially’ should he or she strive to say no to that negative peer pressure. They will learn methods of standing up to negative peer pressure. They will also learn about the first step of the hero’s journey process called the ‘ordinary world’.

Links to all nine sections of the lesson are included.

Section 1: Lesson Objectives for Teaching about Hero’s Journey Concepts

Clicking on this resource link leads you to the following 10 items:
A. Character Traits Addressed
B. Conflict Resolution Strategies Addressed
C. Other Concepts Addressed
D. Cognitive/Instructional Objectives
E. Emotional Objectives
F. Behavioral Objectives
G. Glossary of Terms
H. Lesson Length
I. Links for Teaching Posters for Classroom Use
J. Links for all the Hero’s Journey stories and lesson plans

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Section 2: K-W-L MODEL

K-W-L Model discussion about Hero’s Journey concepts

To introduce the concepts of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, ask your students:

A. K questions – What do you KNOW about this topic?

B. W questions – What do you WANT TO KNOW about this topic?

Please note: The L discussion questions are reserved for the end of the lesson.

Click links for part 1 and part 2 of the K-W-L MODEL Hero’s Journey discussion questions:

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Section 3: Hero’s Journey Vocabulary terminology

Class will discuss any still unclear Glossary of Terms.

A. Define each of the seven character types found in Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey.

B. Define each of the twelve steps of Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey.

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Section 4: Hero’s Journey Story

Hero’s Journey story title: The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jackie

A. Teacher reads story to the class called “The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jackie” by Debbie Dunn.

B. Story Description: We are now going to hear a story about sixth-grader Jackie. Watch how her feelings about herself either motivate her to do the victim thing or to decide to act like an extraordinary hero. This story is called “The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jackie.”

Please note: Back in 2001 and 2002, the author wrote four Hero’s Journey series built around a sixth-grade girl, an eighth-grade girl, a sixth-grade boy, and an eighth-grade boy. To avoid confusion, the sixth grade protagonists will be known as Little Jackie and Little Jack, respectively. The eighth-grade protagonists will be known as Big Jackie and Big Jack, respectively. This particular series is built around the sixth-grade girl named Little Jackie. The hero’s journey series is based on Joseph Campbell’s story model.

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Section 5: Popcorn Review

Directions: After reading each target story, spend a minute or two conducting a quick story wrap-up called a Popcorn Review. This gives students an opportunity to share their reactions to and impressions of the story characters and events.

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Section 6: Hero’s Journey role-play

A. Students participate in scripted role-play called “The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jackie.”

B. By clicking this link, you will get directions plus the link to the PDF file for the scripted role-play to print for classroom use.

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Section 7: Bloom's Taxonomy Discussion Questions

This is where you get the Bloom’s Taxonomy discussion questions for the story called “The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jackie.”

There are six levels in the Bloom's Taxonomy discussion question process. After reading "The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jackie," the teacher will ask questions from all six levels.

  1. Level 1 - Ask the Knowledge Questions.
  2. Level 2 - Ask the Comprehension Questions.
  3. Level 3 - Ask the Application Questions.
  4. Level 4 - Ask the Analysis Questions.
  5. Level 5 - Ask the Synthesis Questions.
  6. Level 6 - Ask the Evaluation Questions.

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Section 8: Hero’s Journey writing assignment

This is where you get the writing assignment for the story called “The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jackie.”

Directions: Students will write about the six Bloom’s Taxonomy Questions for the Hero’s Journey tale called “The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jackie.”

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Section 9: K-W-L MODEL

Have the wrap-up K-W-L Model discussion about “The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jackie.”

To close out the lesson on this part of the Hero’s Journey, ask your students:

A. L questions – What have you LEARNED about this topic?

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Bonus Sections

A. Role-play slideshow: The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jackie

B. Printable anti-bullying worksheet: The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jackie

C. 3C’s Hero’s Journey Set 1 Portal page housing links to all Hero’s Journey lesson plans posted on Examiner.com

D. 3C’s Hero’s Journey Set 2 Portal page housing links to all Hero’s Journey lesson plans posted on Examiner.com

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