"My Life Size Hero"
Model of Civic Virtue/Civic Responsibility
hero (n) 1 (a): someone admired for his/her achievements and noble qualities (b): one
that shows great courage
We all have heroes in our daily lives that act as an authority figure that guides us in the
right direction, a mentor that provides sound advice, an advocate that acts as our
cheerleader, and our caregivers that love and provide a safe environment for us to learn
life’s lessons. These heroes possess integrity, exhibit a strong work ethic, and model
civic virtue (John Locke). Whether they are our parents, our teachers, our grandparents,
our doctors, our coaches, they all have one thing in common: they truly inspire us to be
resilient when we have fallen, to persist when the “going gets tough,” and motivate us to
be unselfish in our deeds and work for the common good/welfare (Preamble).
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which
you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself,
"I lived through this horror.
I can take the next thing that comes along."
You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living
You will research a historical figure that merits being called a hero. Athletes are excluded
unless they have contributed to the betterment of society i.e.: Jackie Robinson. Abraham
Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt are two examples of historical heroes. They each dedicated
their lives to helping others despite the treacherous and difficult road each traveled. You
will work with a partner to create a chalk outline of yourself, cut it out, and then create the
symbolic “body” of your hero. Please, follow the illustration below. Please see below for
1. THE HEAD: Attach a life size picture of
your hero’s head and insert here. 4. THE CHEST/HEART: Attach
symbols/pictures that represent
your hero’s character traits
2. THE HANDS/ARMS: Attach pictures
that represent the causes your hero
championed for the common good and
their hopes for the future. 5. THE STOMACH/GUT: Attach a
photo of yourself
3. THE FEET/LEGS: Attach pictures that
represent the efforts/sacrifice your hero
endured for the Please, research the answers to the following questions and/or prompts. You
Directions: common good
may use websites, books, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, etc…
1. Who is your hero? Why is this person your hero? What was their cause? (i.e.:
abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage etc…)
2. What is one quote that your hero said or was said about him/her?
3. List and explain 3 character traits that your hero possessed and that you possess or
work to possess.
4. How did your hero work for their cause? Give 2 examples. (i.e.: Martin Luther King:
Montgomery Bus Boycotts, Abe Lincoln: Emancipation Proclamation).
5. What did your hero hope for the future? What were their dreams?
6. What difficulties did your hero overcome? (i.e.: Abe Lincoln: personal loss of son;
MLK: imprisonment; Eleanor Roosevelt: discrimination)