I learned about Zak Hamby back when I was doing a mythology based blog many years ago and he was known as Mr. Mythology. His work he gave away on his site back then was awesome and I enjoyed our email chats about this god or that monster.
Since then he has moved on to open up a site and store called Creative English Teacher. He doles out helpful advice, shares materials, and offers up books and units for sale from time to time.
He is best known for his reader's theater. I have used some of his plays for my mythology class and have yet to be disappointed in a purchase. I see he has a new book out and thought I would throw a little advertisement his way.
The Hero’s Journey Guidebook is a great resource for middle and high school literature and mythology classes as an explanation of Campbell’s Hero’s Quest and as a guidebook to help students write their own hero’s journey in an English or a creative writing class. This is not a textbook, it is a guidebook engages students (it did me!) to think about the hero’s journey with characters they know, characters they create, and their own lives.
Here is what you get in this guidebook:
- Examples for each stage of the journey from mythology, classic stories, and modern pop culture that will make it easy for students to grasp. In fact, on one page, there are allusions to Aladdin, Hercules, Star Wars, Cinderella, Norse mythology, The Little Mermaid, and Harry Potter.
- Guiding questions for each section that encourage students to think about where they have noticed this element before in movies, games, and books. The questions are centered around a hero of the student’s choosing so that they will be invested even more.
- Writing tips for every stage and section of the journey so that students can apply what they are learning in their own stories. A teacher could easily build a whole creative writing unit around the hero’s journey using this book’s writing tips.
- Original illustrations by Hamby that are pleasing to look at and make the overall feel of the book fun and inviting.
Zak doesn't just write about the journey, he talks to the students throughout the book. I'm going to put some of this to practice in my mythology class next semester.