There are HOW MANY Obstacles on the Hero’s Journey?! Nothing is ever easy for the hero! On the monomythical Hero’s Journey, the main character must endure a “Trail of Trials.” There are an average of 15 obstacles in the middle of the first books of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Twilight.
George Lucas based Star Wars on Joseph Campbell's comparative work on the parallels among the heroes/mystics/teachers/founders of the major world religions and world mythologies. This is a diagram of those parallels as presented in his book "The Hero with a Thousand Faces." A more readable version can be found in Christopher Vogler's "The Writer's Journey" -- a text for screenwriters.
Battleship! Just when you thought it was safe.... Take advantage of the popular movie out in DVD and get your students to practice using coordinates just as the heros must in the movie. A whole new approach for the kids to use -instead of calling out B2 or D5, they need to use longitude and latitude.