Increasing Student Engagement and Personal Intelligence Using the Archetypes in Literature Studies

This workshop will provide teachers with tangible practice and lesson plans for teaching the Archetypes in a manner that is engaging, inspiring and evokes a rich student experience of text. Using the study of Archetypes as they appear in myth, literature and film, students will be able to identify the archetypes which reveal themselves in the characters they study, and in themselves. A connection to the The New BC Curriculum will be provided with a focus on the content “Construct meaningful personal connections between self, text and world.” Using real-world applications, students will gain a deep understanding of the archetypes and refine their skills in making text-to-self, text-to-text and text-to-world connections. Referencing Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung, the structure of the Hero’s Journey is a framework which can be applied to multiple forms of literature and entertainment media. The Archetypes unit for middle and secondary English is a lense for learners to view themselves, their lives and their world, in context with timeless stories.

Target Audience

Teachers of English Language Arts, Middle and Secondary


12:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Room 311

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  • Omdrea Walker

    Omdrea Walker is a writer and artist who has been teaching grades 7-12 English, Art and Drama in the Greater Victoria District for 21 years. With a special interest in the creative arts and promoting positive student social/emotional development, Omdrea has embedded these values into her lessons in multiple subject areas.