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Allan Davey
Hercules the Mighty

In this action-packed play, Hercules transforms from an unhappy and insecure teenager into a powerful hero who embraces the qualities that make him different.

By Spencer Kayden
From the September 2017 Issue

Learning Objective: to analyze how and why the main character’s view of himself changes over time

Other Key Skills: inference, word choice, tone, character’s motivation, close reading, critical thinking, mood
Topic: Mythology,

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Step-by-Step Lesson Plan

Close Reading, Critical Thinking, Skill Building

1. PREPARING TO READ

2. READING AND DISCUSSING (30 minutes)

3. SKILL BUILDING

Differentiated Writing Prompts
For On Level Readers

At the start of the play, Hercules feels like an outsider because of his gifts. By the end, his feelings about his gifts have changed. Explain the changes that occur. Use text evidence.

For Struggling Readers

How would Hercules describe himself at the beginning of the play? How would he describe himself at the end? Support your answers with text evidence.

For Advanced Readers

Read another version of the Hercules myth and compare it to the Scope play adaptation. How are the stories similar? How are they different? 

Download an alternate version of the myth here!

Customized Performance Tasks
For Small Groups

Research one of Hercules’s 12 labors and write a scene about that labor to perform for the class. Use props and sound effects. 

Find a list of the 12 labors with descriptions here.

For Superhero Lovers

Compare the character of Hercules with a superhero of your choice. Your response may be in the form of an essay, a video, or a comic.

Literature Connection: Texts that explore the hero’s journey

Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad 
by Rosemary Sutcliff

The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Hunger Games series
by Suzanne Collins