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Writing assignment: The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jackie

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

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Section 8: Hero’s Journey Writing Assignment for story called “The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jackie”

After reading the story called "The ‘ordinary world’ of Little Jack," get your students to respond to the following questions.

Link to Teaching posters needed for these questions

Students answer the following questions:

Level 1 - Ask the Knowledge Questions.

Note to teacher: Post the poster called “Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey – 12 Steps and 7 Characters.” For your convenience, click on the following link to print a copy of this poster.

1. Teacher Says or Asks: Look at the poster of the 7 main Characters of the Hero’s Journey. IDENTIFY who is Jackie’smentor.

Level 2 - Ask the Comprehension Questions.

Note to teacher: Post the poster called “Threshold Guardian definition.” For your convenience, click on the following link to print a copy of this poster.

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2. Teacher Says or Asks: On that same poster, there is a character called a threshold guardian. Additionally, let’s look at the poster that gives the definition of a Threshold Guardian. Do I have a volunteer to read that poster aloud?

2a. Teacher Says or Asks: DESCRIBE how Jackie was being a threshold guardian for herself. In other words, DESCRIBE how she was holding herself back.

2b. DESCRIBE how the popular kids were being a threshold guardian for Jackie.

Level 3 - Ask the Application Questions.

3. Teacher Says or Asks: DETERMINE who might fit the role of a shapeshifter in Jackie’s life.

Level 4 - Ask the Analysis Questions.

4. Teacher Says or Asks: DETERMINE THE FACTORS that the Ancient One said would make Jackie be extraordinary instead of a victim.

Level 5 - Ask the Synthesis Questions.

Note to teacher: Post the 2 Basic Needs posters. For your convenience, click on the following link to print a copy of these posters.

Teacher Says or Asks: Look at the two Basic Needs posters. FORMULATE other ways that Jackie could get her Safety & Security needs met with herself, her parents, and her friends.

Level 6 - Ask the Evaluation Questions.

6. Teacher Says or Asks: EVALUATE some other ways that you might be choosing to be a victim in your life. EVALUATE how you can be extraordinary instead.

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