Heroes come in many forms, and a group of fifth-graders at South Side Elementary School spent the week learning that lesson and how it relates to their lives.
Teachers at South Side were asked to create lesson plans pertaining to the anniversary of 9/11, so fifth-grade language arts teacher Adrienne Cook thought focusing on heroes would be the perfect way to teach kids a valuable lesson while commemorating the 10th anniversary of the attacks.
“Normal everyday people because of circumstances they found themselves in had to rise to the occasion and become so much more,” she said as she explained the purpose behind the weeklong lesson.
In addition to talking about the firefighters, police officers and other men and women who worked to help people during 9/11, the fifth-graders also watched videos on a number of heroes throughout history, including Doris Miller, Harriet Tubman, Jesse Owens and Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We also talked about our moms and our dads and our grandmas and teachers and different people that we meet in the community and how they can be heroes just through what service they provide throughout the day,” Cook said.
The students also had to pick who their heroes were and write a paper on their subject.
Fifth-grader Megan Toth chose to write about her parents, both of whom she thought were the most important heroes in her life.
“They’re always so nice to me and they care for me and they love me,” she said.
Toth thought the assignment was great, and she loved learning that there are more heroes that those who appear in the pages of comic books.
“It taught kids that they can be a hero, too. That they don’t have to have superpowers to be a hero. They can be any ordinary person to be a hero,” she said.
Another fifth-grader, Saqqara Scott, chose her dad as her hero, because of the influence he has made on her life.
“He’s always telling me where to go and how to have a great future,” she said.
Like Toth and her other classmates, Scott enjoyed the assignment. She said she thought it was a great way to learn how to write while also learning how important everyday heroes are to life.
“It can help us become great writers and to help us know that our heroes don’t have to be superheroes,” she said.