The Journey

Welcome to Learning Event Eight of the #WalkMyWorld Project 2015.

What journey have you taken to get this point? What trials and tribulations have you encountered along the path?

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What great deeds and stories will you return to to give the world to make it a better place? In many of our cultural narratives there is a pattern of events which Joseph Campbell called the monomyth. The monomyth is frequently referred to as the hero’s journey.

It should be noted that there is controversy about the hero’s journey rewriting privilege and not recognizing the heroine in narratives. For a good overview of the monomyth, the journey, and personal archetypes in the narrative, please review this page.

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In our own lives, we may engage on our own journey. Campbell identified this as events in which you venture forth from the world of the common day into a region of supernatural wonder. You encountered fabulous forces and won decisive victories. You return from this mysterious adventure with new powers and knowledge to bestow on friends, family, and students.

In many ways, you could think of your weeks in the #WalkMyWorld project as a kind of journey that you have taken with us. What wonders have you encountered along the way? What trials and tribulations have you overcome in this voyage, and what made you successful? What knowledge and expertise will you bring back from this journey?

Your response for the eighth learning event

Watch the following video from Matthew Winkler discussing what makes a hero.

Watch the following video by Tim Adams on what makes an anti-hero.

Think about the journey that you are about to complete. You might think of this journey in the #WalkMyWorld project, or you might consider an alternate journey in your life. What journey speaks the most to you? What journey would you like to share with others? What challenges and opportunities have you experienced along the journey? What skills and expertise will you share with others after your journey?
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Create a hero or heroine, and share their journey in this learning event. Think of a name for your hero, or heroine in your response…or use your own name. Consider the following steps involved in the pattern of events involved in the epic hero monomyth. You might chose to include these steps in the journey in your response.

  1. Call To Adventure
  2. Assistance
  3. Departure
  4. Trials
  5. Approach
  6. Crisis
  7. Treasure
  8. Result
  9. Return
  10. New Life
  11. Resolution
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Create a visual, audio, or written account of your journey using the elements identified above. Share your response using the #WalkMyWorld hashtag on twitter. Be sure to stay active on the #WalkMyWorld hashtag to see what others share about their journey.

A guiding example

One of the epic contributors of Mr. Varnell created and shared a variant of this lesson on Genius. You can review the lesson, and some of the exemplars here.

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