Community Heroes

What makes someone a community hero?

ELA, Social Studies
Key Content
community, heroes, portraits, informational text, explanatory writing
The Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C. on a cloudy day at dusk.

Students learn about well-known historical and present-day heroes, and identify and discuss heroes in their local community. They work together as a class to develop a shared definition and understanding of the characteristics of a hero. Students each focus on one community hero, create an artistic portrait of that person, and write a paragraph caption explaining who the hero is and how they contribute to their community for display in a “Gallery of Heroes” exhibit and for presenting to visitors who attend the exhibition opening. (Read a related article.)