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Answer these questions by writing a comment to this post. Try to answer all four questions:

1. What is a hero?

2. How do everyday people become heroes?

3. How have your ideas about heroes changed during this expedition?

4. What was one memorable part of this expedition? What did you find most interesting, exciting, or intriguing?

The Giver

Now that you have finished reading, discussing, and analyzing The Giver, blog a response to this question:

Would you consider Jonas to be a hero? Explain.

Heroes have many qualities in common. As you have started researching your hero, you have probably started to identify some of those qualities. Read the two summaries below. Each person listed has had their name changed to protect their identity. After reading the two entries, blog about your thoughts on any or all of these questions:

1. Which person is a hero?
2. What heroic qualities does that person have?
3. How did this person become a hero?
4. Who do you think these people are?

Alan’s mother died at a young age. Even though his father didn’t want him to be an artist, Alan disobeyed his father and applied to art school, but he failed the admissions test twice. As a young adult, he had very strong opinions and spoke out about them. Because of this, he had few friends. When World War I began, Alan enlisted in the army. During the conflict, he was gassed, wounded, and received a medal for his bravery. Following World War I, Alan entered politics and eventually became the leader of a powerful nation.

Adam was poor as a child and had little formal schooling (he didn’t go to school often). One of his first businesses was as a store owner, but that business failed. He was in serious debt, and he became a mailman to pay his bills. Falling in love, he proposed to his girlfriend, Ann, but she turned him down. Even though he didn’t go to school often, he taught himself grammar and law. He decided to try to run for public office, but he lost most of the elections. Eventually, he won an election and became the leader of a powerful nation.

Based on the kick off that we had a few weeks ago, how have your opinions about heroes changed?

Based on the kick off and your kick off reflections, how do everyday people become heroes?

What is a Hero?

What do you think a hero is? Based on the kick off and your kick off reflection, write what you think a hero is.

Welcome to the Windsor 8 Heroes Expedition Blog. Throughout this expedition, we will be using the blog to discuss information, share thoughts, and comment on each other’s opinions. Below are some instructions on how to use the blog. There are also some guidelines and expectations to follow when using the blog. Please read through all of this information and then complete the task at the end of this post.

How it Works
1. Teachers will write posts to the blog. These may be questions, situations, or controversial thoughts. Posts are organized into categories, which are listed on the right hand side of the blog.

2. If you have a response or an opinion to the teacher’s post, you can write a comment.

3. To write a comment, click on the “comment” link under the post. Remember that all comments need to be signed with your first name.

4. You may need to hit “refresh” in order to see your comment.

Guidelines
1. Feel free to write posts whenever a thought comes to mind. However, if it is during class, make sure you have the teacher’s permission first. You can write posts from home, the library, a coffee shop, from a relative’s house. . .anywhere.

2. When you write a comment, you need to provide your first name only (no last names, for privacy). You also need to provide an email address. Use a personal email address of yours. WordPress.com doesn’t send you any spam, so its ok to put that information on the page.

3. It might make sense to write your comment in AppleWorks first so that you can spell check it. Since anyone in the world can read this, you want to sound as intelligent and polished as possible.

Expectations
1. All comments that you write to the blog should be about the expedition. Off topic or irrelevant comments will be deleted by the blog management team.

2. This blog is LIVE. That means, as soon as you write a comment, it is posted on the internet and anyone in the world can read it.

3. Blogs work best when everyone is free to write whatever they want. The W8 teachers and the administration fully trust the students to use the blog appropriately. Show the rest of the world (literally!) what you are made of.

Once you have read all of these instructions, write a quick comment to this post. In your comment, say that you have read and understand the guidelines and expectations. Remember to sign it with your first name.