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Summer SAVY Session 6, Day 2, Encounters and Experiences

Posted by on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 in blog, SAVY.

Hello SAVY Families!  


Day Two at SAVY Session 6: Encounters and Experiences, Archetypes in Literature was another engaging, insightful day! Once again, your students blew me away with their interest in the subject, ability to collaborate, and engagement in the lessons.  


We started the day by watching the short film “The Controller.” This prompted us to engage in a discussion where we noted character and situational archetypes present in the film. Then, we launched into a lesson about our main archetype of the day: the hero’s journey. First, we made posters with our group to define what a hero is. Then, we watched a video about what makes a hero and the hero’s journey, and we participated in a four corners activity to debrief the video. Finally, we broke up into groups and read the biography of a real-life hero. Students could choose between Lin Manuel Miranda, Jackie Robinson, Mother Teresa, Sally Ride, and Oprah Winfrey. Students read the biography and then worked with their group to create an informative poster about the person they chose. Finally, we discussed what makes each of them a hero, and debated Jung’s claim that “Archetypes are consistent across cultures and time,” using the examples of our heroes.  


After Lunch, we tried to solve the “Bridge Riddle” as a class. This stretched students’ brains and allowed them to collaborate with their peers to find an acceptable solution. We used this riddle to define our next major concept for our class: situational archetypes. A situational archetype is defined as “universal patterns of circumstances that happen in life.” To further our understanding of situational archetypes, we watched the short film Runaway, listened to part of Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address, and read the poem “On the Pulse of Morning” by Maya Angelou. Each of these provided unique pathways for our class to discuss and experience situational archetypes, and showed us that situational archetypes are present in movies, books, speeches, poetry, and more! Be sure to ask your student which of these activities was their favorite.  


Discussion Questions:  

  • What is a hero?  
  • Who are examples of heroes that you learned about today?  
  • What is a situational archetype?  
  • What examples of situational archetypes did you study today?  
  • How are situational archetypes used in speeches? Poetry? Movies?  


Thank you for supporting your student through SAVY this week. They are doing a wonderful job in class, and I am looking forward to the rest of our week together! 



Miss Gruchot :)