Issue 5: Heroes Among Us


Issue 5 of ‘Outside the Lines’, a virtual magazine supporting teachers in developing a high-quality, diverse, authentic, and integrated curriculum.


A hero is someone who defends a moral cause without expectation of reward, knowing there is a personal risk. It’s a common misconception that heroes are innately destined to be that way. Recent research has confirmed that by developing heroic habits in everyday life, one is more likely to act heroic in situations where heroism is called for. By conceiving of heroism as a universal attribute of human nature, not as a feature of the few ‘heroic elect’, it becomes a skill we can develop both in ourselves and the kids in our charge.

In this issue, Students enroll in ‘hero training’. Throughout the first three key ideas they are able to earn badges for different ‘heroic habits’. For a final prompt, they choose a member from their community that is an exemplar of at least one of the heroic habits they have studied, and they create a custom badge for them.

As they move through the unit, students are exposed to examples of heroes, artworks which explore the concept of heroism, are involved in discussion and reflection, and ultimately use art as a vessel in which to practice heroic habits and earn their badges.

Each issue includes:

  •  4 segments, designed to support learning around questions pertinent to our time.
  • Contents which include:
    • connections directly linked to ELA, Social Studies, or History.
    • artwork and artist examples
    • an art prompt or challenge
  • Flexible delivery options, including ideas for teaching in-person and remotely
  • Flexible material options

& Downloadable Teaching Supports:

  • A copy of the publication in PDF form to easily print student handouts.
  • Spanish translations of student handouts
  • A separate file linking to artworks on museum and gallery sites
  • Links to optional supplemental videos where applicable
  • Printable rubrics and assessments

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Our second annual Give With HeART Student Art Contest will close on midnight Eastern on Sunday, 12/04! 

There are a couple ways that you can participate: 

  • Submit artworks by students using Doodles Lessons (aged 5-11) that you have made with your class (link here​) 
  • Encourage students to attend a live art-making event with their caregivers (registration here​) 

Either way, if they win YOU win! Amongst their prizes, they'll receive a $150 gift card to Blick – for their class.