For me, my winter camp finished today. It was a four day mis-adventure, but my co-teacher was really pleased with how it went. My version of “The Hero’s Journey” involved some discussions about what it means to be a hero, some examples of heroes and a lengthy (multiple day) dive into the ideas of “ordinary” and “special” which was suppose to culminate today with the students thinking about their own “special” and “ordinary” worlds and how they interact with them.
Unfortunately, after a break, my co-teacher got to talking about famous Korean actors and singers and why it matters that they are dating and why people are upset because they went on a date while the guy was suppose to be serving in the military and how famous people get special privileges and yada.. yada.. yada.. I am sincerely amazed he cares at all. but we did get into an interesting discussion about whether or not your superiors should be punished for your mistakes. Maybe a topic for “thursday nights“.
Because of this side-adventure, the students never came back after the break and my winter camp ended on a strange shrug and a vocal, “meh.”
I’m posting all the information today for the day 2 lesson. This lesson goes over the parts of The Hero’s Journey dealing with “trials, approach, and Crisis”. The climax, I suppose, of most hero stories (though not necessarily so.. I get sort of confused after this point, what exactly happens next or what is classified as what). It’s a fun lesson that incorporates the idea of “daring” people to do stuff, good times. It also has the potential to make students (and yourself) think about the trials in your own life. The things you fear. Joseph Campbell said, “The cave you fear to enter, holds the treasure that you seek.” It’s a potentionally profound idea to explore for students, if they are willing. Many will not be. This lesson needs to be fun however, as it is necessarily the “dark” portion of the hero’s story (at least for the movies and examples I picked out). I don’t want the students sad or serious the whole time.