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Course Date(s):

Module #1 begins July 20. 2020
Module #2 begins July 27, 2020
Module #3 begins August 3, 2020
FInal product due August 17, 2020

Registration Deadline:

July 16, 2020


Online Facilitated




15 PDPs

Grad Credit:

Optional 1 credit from Worcester State University, $125 due upon initial registration


$275 / TEC Members $320 / Non-TEC Members


Online | Facilitated


Grades 3-8 Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Special Educators

Threshold of Another World: The hero’s journey in literature

The Hero’s Journey is a powerful and entertaining concept used to structure many pieces of literature and can be applied to literacy units and lessons throughout all ELA standards. This course will provide strategies to help students analyze literature through the lens of the hero’s journey. In the first module, we will examine the global structure of the hero journey. In the second module, we will examine attributes of the hero journey story structure: character, setting, figurative language, etc., particularly as it applies to works of fiction. In the final module, we will apply our understanding of the hero’s journey to biography and other works of nonfiction literature.

About the Instructor

Brendan Healy is a middle school English teacher for the Blackstone -Millville School district where he has developed and successfully taught the Hero’s Journey for the past 10 years. Brendan is a member of the district’s Literary committee, as well as the Instructional Leadership team. He holds an MA in English Literature and Creative Writing. Brendan has worked with TEC Summer Program as a teacher and/or a paraprofessional for many years and loves working with learners of all ages.

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