This is a story about my Dad and just one of many that illustrate why I think he is a hero. In my explanation of a Super Hero is someone with an extraordinary talent that they use to help people. My dad has a talent to make friends very easily. He does this by having a genuine and excited interest in the people he meets. He finds out what they like to do or where they are from and that fact becomes his favorite thing. He will go home and research about the place or interest and think of all the connections he might have with it. The next time he sees the person he excitedly tells them about his connections and builds more and more connections. This seems like a pretty powerless ability but time after time Benny has helped the people he meets become happy and excited about what they are doing and succeed in so many things. Benny is not only a hero but a Super Hero.
For Teaching I think I would use the Tiered Character Map to have students explore mine and other author's heroes. Then have them build their own hero for a story.