OPINION PIECE DEFINING A HERO
Diagnostic Assessment
Write a definition of a hero? What qualities make him/her a hero? Give an example of a hero with reasons why he or she could be considered a hero.
Formative Assessments:
Performance Task 1
Read the Article Ms. Cha a hero and Man is Rescued by Stranger on Subway Tracks, by Cara Buckley in NY Times.Give your opinion as to who you consider a hero based on your understanding of what makes a hero. Give reasons to support your viewpoint. You also need to explain why you chose one person over the other

Performance Task 2
Based on your definition of a hero, is Oscar Pistorius a hero or not? Be sure to explain your definition of a hero and back up your claim with supporting reasons and text evidence from the articles How the Paralympic Legend found nothing is Impossible by Martha Kelner and London 2012 Olympics: Games legend Michael Johnson believes Oscar Pistorius has an ‘ unfair advantage,’ by Oliver Pickup and http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2013/06/oscar-pistorius-murder The Shooting Star and the Model
Summative Assessment
After reading articles on heroes and heroism, write an essay that
  • defines the qualities of a hero
  • gives real life examples of a person who embodies these qualities
  • supports your claim with textual evidence