Students' Heroes Coming To Life in Mr. Mikesell's class

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Tue, 03/08/2011 - 12:33

In Mr. Mikesell’s seventh grade English class at SJHS, the students are creating hero reports. All the seventh graders pick a hero, or someone who means a lot to them, and then present an oral report to the class about their hero.  Reports took place on Friday, February 25, giving each student about five minutes to explain about their hero to the class. Chris Luther, a seventh grader at SJHS, chose Tom Cruise for a hero. Chris said, “I chose Tom because he is awesome, and I was excited to tell people just how amazing Tom Cruise is.”

Mr. Mikesell got the idea from other English teachers at SJHS and then tweaked a few things. With the report, the students got to choose what type of oral report they did. Some of the possibilities were: a movie, a poster, a blog, a PowerPoint, maybe even a song. Mr. Mikesell would let them do pretty much anything as long as it got down the basics of the hero.

This report shows the student what a true hero is and more about the hero themselves. Mr. Mikesell said, “I had them do this report because inquiry and research skills are an important part of language arts. Having the students do research on someone they care about makes the assignment more meaningful for them. Also, I like them learning about a true hero as opposed to someone who is just famous for being famous.”

Mckenzie Reidhead, SJHS Staff Writer