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Unit 4:

The Anti-Hero

What can the complexity of an anti-hero teach me about my own humanity?


Enduring Understandings of the Unit: 

  • An anti-hero is a protagonist who has the contrasting characteristics of the traditional hero. 
  • At some point in their development, readers feel empathy for an anti-hero, and this deciphers them from the always-evil villain. 
  • Anti-heroes stimulate an audience’s intellect and push them to think more deeply about morality, ethics, and the responsibility an individual has on his/her life. 

Unit Outline

21 Components

Unit 4 introduces students to the moral complexity that is developed in characters and over the course of plot in literature.. With the help of the Four Questions Protocol in Socratic Seminars, students will unpack the intricate layers of a character who lies between the points of “hero” and “villain” on the heroic scale.  This unit revisits literary analysis with an introduction to Literary Abstracts- shorter formative assessments of exploding analysis that push student accountability and help them practice critical thought through reading and writing. By the end of the unit, students will apply their conclusions regarding morality and ethics in a  written justification of a public/historic figure who they will argue has not traversed the line into villainy and is deserving of empathy. 

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