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May 14

Star Wars creator George Lucas was born in 1944.

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Star Wars creator George Lucas was born in 1944.

Grades 7 – 12
Calendar Activity Type Historical Figure & Event





As he was writing the script for the original Star Wars films in the 1970s, George Lucas spent a great deal of time reading and interviewing mythologist Joseph Campbell, whose ideas included a concept called "The Hero's Journey," the archetypal hero story that is found in cultures around the world. Lucas based much of his plot for the films on the stages of this journey, which, along with a relentlessly successful advertising campaign, might help explain the films' amazing popularity.




Use The Hero's Journey Interactive tool to describe how Luke Skywalker meets each stage of the journey:

  • Call to Adventure
  • Refusal of the Call
  • Mentor Figure(s)/Supernatural Aid
  • First Threshold
  • Belly of the Whale
  • Road of Trials
  • Meeting with the Goddess/Temptress
  • Atonement/Death of Mentor
  • Apotheosis/Underworld
  • Ultimate Boon
  • Rescue from Without
  • Crossing Back/Return

Then, brainstorm other works that use the formula, such as The Lord of the Rings.



  • Star Wars: The Magic of Myth

    This National Air and Space Museum exhibit highlights elements of myth and the Hero's Journey in the Star Wars films. Also included are image galleries and audio clips.

  • Joseph Campbell, Star Wars, and the Hero's Journey

    This post connects Star Wars and Campbell's Hero's Journey. References to the original films are included.

  • Star Wars Books

    This page provides resources related to the series of books based on the Star Wars films.

  • Hero's Journey

    Students can use this online tool to learn about the elements of the hero's journey, analyze a text that follows the hero's journey pattern, or start creating a hero story of their own.


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Preparing for the Journey: An Introduction to the Hero Myth

Students read a variety of picture books that contain elements of the hero's journey and use an online interactive tool to analyze the stories.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

So What Do You Think? Writing a Review

Writing a review of an author's work challenges students to develop their critical thinking skills. It provides an opportunity for students to speak their minds—and to enjoy being heard.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Writing a Movie: Summarizing and Rereading a Film Script

Lights! Camera! Action! In this lesson, students view a scene with no dialogue from E.T., write a script for that scene, and perform a dramatic reading while the scene plays.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Looking for the Byronic Hero Using Twilight's Edward Cullen

Using the character of Edward Cullen from the Twilight series, this lesson introduces the Byronic hero and asks students to compare the Byronic hero to the traditional hero and villain.