Hero Quests in Children’s Literature
This reading club will explore the classic hero’s journey in two contemporary children’s novels: “The Tale of Despereaux” by Kate DiCamillo and “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” by Grace Lin. As a class, we will plot these two stories on Joseph Campbell’s Hero Quest diagram, discuss the nature of a true hero, and discern how sacrifice and transformation can mold even the weakest of us into more Christ-like heroes. Students will practice reading and discussing literature on an interpretive level and learn how to identify real heroes in unlikely places.
Book list: (Any Edition)
• The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
• Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Madeleine Kirkpatrick is pursuing her MA in English Literature at Missouri State University, and will graduate in the Spring of 2023. She holds her BA in English and Multimedia Journalism from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. Madeleine was classically educated all the way through high school and is passionate about seeing others fall in love with learning. Throughout all of her education and teaching experiences, the value and power of pursuing truth, beauty, and goodness through reading deeply and writing thoughtfully have been at the center of what it means to be a lifelong learner. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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