Archetypes are easy to spot, hard to describe. My Honors World Lit class was not getting it, so today I went old school and wrote types of archetypes across the top of the whiteboard. I warned them about the difference between generic archetypes (gunslinger) and icons (Clint Eastwood) and then let them have at it. It was great! the mistakes worked as well as the ones that hit the target. And we had fun. They finally gelled as a class and we are ready to talk archetypes first in Things Fall Apart and next Gilgamesh. They are set for the year, I think. Sigh. I love my kids.