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Thursday, October 17 • 1:25pm - 2:35pm
The Monomyth Module: Developing a Theme-based Integrated and Interdisciplinary Year-long Curriculum, Room A-203

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“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.” —Joseph Campbell 

Joseph Campbell created his idea of the monomyth based on the premise that many stories share commonalities and follow a similar pattern. We embrace this idea in fourth grade, and we establish at the beginning of the year that each child will go through their own personal Path of the Hero during the year — sometimes more than one. They learn how to seek their mentor, go through their own road of trials, and emerge victorious, with a new gift of knowledge. In this session we will discuss how we use Joseph Campbell’s monomyth as a guiding theme for our school year each year. We will provide ways for teachers to infuse this theme within their own existing STEAM and humanities curricula, in conjunction with Common Core standards. We will showcase past projects and lessons. We will also have former students join in the end of our session to share their Path of the Hero experiences and participate in a Q&A with attendees.

Session information: 
https://sites.google.com/nuevaschool.org/themonomyth

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Lori Mustille

4th Grade Lead STEM Teacher, The Nueva School
This is Lori's twentieth year of teaching and her eighth year at Nueva. She spent the previous decade teaching in Marin County in the Reed Union School District. She has co-taught in grades K-8 math, science, and technology. Lori was named Apple Distinguished Educator in 2009 and... Read More →
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Sarah Merkt

4th Grade Lead Teacher, The Nueva School
“Wise schooling has produced excellence beyond the teacher. The follower has surpassed the master.” —qing chu yu lan er sheng yu lan Sarah is a native of Wisconsin and studied middle childhood education at Xavier University. She has always been interested in educating children... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:25pm - 2:35pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010