The Hero Within
- Reading the Black Cauldron
Tue. 1st. Period Keith Olfers
Culture, Intensive Reading, Literature, Presentation, Speaking, Vocabulary

In this class we will discuss the book, The Black Cauldron.  Students will read each chapter before class, and bring written notes regarding points that were difficult to understand, so that everyone can discuss them together.  These will be handed in as a part of the participation grade.  Students will be responsible for keeping up with the pace of reading: if they miss a class, they are still responsible for handing in their notes for that chapter.  Because the events of each chapter build on the events of previous chapters, discussions will not be confined to only the pages read that week.  There will be some consolidation each week, but we will not be reading the book in class.

Discussion will cover mythic heroes and themes in stories from around the world, and how the book shares some of these themes.  As a part of this, students will create their own hero and myth.

After this class, You will be able to discuss the book The Black Cauldron, and heroes from various cultures.  You will gain a deeper understanding of mythic literature, and its effect on, and importance to us as an audience.

Attendance: 25%
Participation: 25%
Mid-term: 25%
Final: 25%


What is a hero?

  • Discussing the qualities that heroes share across stories from around the world.  Also there will be an introduction of the major characters.


Chapters One and Two

  • Discussing the first two chapters.


Chapters Three and Four

  • Discussing the next two chapters.


Chapters Five and Six

  • Discussing the next two chapters.


Chapters Seven and Eight

  • Discussing the next chapters.


Chapters Nine and Ten

  • Discussing the following chapters.


Chapter 11 and Mid-term Preparation

  • Discussing the events so far and preparation for the Mid-term.



  • The midterm will be a presentation describing the basic qualities each hero embodies and creating a group of heroes.


Chapters 12 and 13

  • Discussing the following chapters.


Chapters 14 and 15

  • Discussing the following chapters.


Chapters 16 and 17

  • Discussing the next chapters.


Chapters 18 and 19

  • Discussing the next chapters.


Chapter 20 and Consolidation

  • Discussing the climax and preparation for the Final presentation.


Final Presentation