My Enriched students just published their short story anthology, Under the Same Skies under the collective name of Sentries of the Past.
Sentries of the Past is a group of 9th grade students at Webster Schroeder High School who spent six months researching the Hero’s Journey pattern as outlined by mythologist Joseph Campbell. From there, the students explored how the pattern is part of the human condition and how it can be used as a tool to examine their own lives.
For 60 days, my 9th graders reflected and shared insights as they explored the archetypal hero within. After completing The Sixty Day Sojourn and after reading a book of forensic anthropology, Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates by Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw, each student selected one of the four hominids studied in the work and “put flesh on the bones,” so to speak.
In order to incorporate the research component of the CCSS, they researched the regions where the bones were found, as well as the cultures of the people who have lived in that area. From there, they were able to create hypotheses regarding the lives of their chosen hominid. While the stories are still a work of fiction, they have been based on historical and cultural facts. They also still incorporate Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey pattern.
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Here are the students and their story titles (in no particular order):
Katie Ramsey: “The Lion Heart”
Abigail Rettew: “Sacrifice”
Myuri Arujunan: “The Road to Destiny”
Alexis Duggan: “Wayfaring Towards Danger”
Haley Guidice: “Marco’s Tools”
Karina Rzepa: “Shadows of the Night”
Julia Deacon: “Veritas Vos Liberabit”
Xilin Zhou: “Fallen”
Elizabeth Geiser: “Simi’s Mountain”
Phoebe Huang: “Flight”
Thomas Ambalavanar: “Vladavina od Vatra”
Ben VanderStouw: “The Bones of Alsem”
Matina Chanthavongsay: “Let Them Live”
Christina Ambalavanar: “The Silent Warrior”
Ishitri Bandyopadhyay: “Hunted By Amber Eyes”
Jamie Lai: “Godling”