Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Schools : Let's talk Star Wars !

Star Wars : The Force Awakens comes in three days, the 18th December 2015. To us in Portugal comes the 16 December.

I began my career as a young teacher in 1977, when Star Wars: A New Hope was released I watched the movie with my students (Literature) on a big screen. 

The movie begins : " A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." and then the explosion of music. Wow! 

And just liked that we were sucked into an adventure we had never seen before.

A boy, a princess, an old man, and a pirate with Bigfoot as a friend. Thus began my life-long fascination with sci-fic with 
Star Wars.

As a teacher I could understand the importance of making learning engaging to my students' lives.

Star Wars, Indiana Jones or Back to the Future helped accomplish this as well Jules Verne novels.

Star Wars

Over the years I've used them to teach several topics, but my favorite is to use Star Wars in teaching mythology and science fiction (the narrative) to students in Literature courses. 

Finally, with other students, time passses on, another classes, another young adolescents, we watched Return of the Jedi studying historical connections to be made studying literature novels.

Star Wars : The Force Awakens  is the first movie of the new trilogy not with George Lucas but witg Walt Disney. The Force Awakens was announced to hit the box office on Dec. 18, 2015. Three days away from The Force Awakens.

The original cast
This film is going to show a new generation of Jedi knights and new storm troopers. There is going to be a new villian since the Emperor and Vader were killed in Return of  Jedi.

One surprise is that some of the original cast is returning. There will be appearances made by Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher’Princess Leia, and John Boyega’s Finn, Chewbacca.

The first film of the new generation, The Force Awakens, was directed by JJ Abrams, who was trusted with the successful reboot of another venerable space series: Star Trek, remember?


presented the exciting Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Portuguese (my mother language) as an invitation to my colleagues to introduce the movie into an interdisciplinary learning school project : Science, literature, imagination (science-fiction) and arts.

You may introduce the Star Wars movies to a new generation of light saber-wielding super fans. So how can they watch all the films if the school you don’t already own them?

Your school library may have DVD copies that can be borrowed. If that’s not possible for some or all of the movies, you ask friends, students parents, you know somebody who owns them all, though perhaps only on VHS.

If not, you have this video from a user of YouTube that compiled in three munites Star Wars so far.

On this post, based on the premise that students become actively involved in learning when the learning is relevant, imaginative and engaging, this movie will provide something for students of all ages. For all, it's a chance to see themselves as the hero's that they already are or hope to be. 

Through interactive resources, they will become immersed in science history and cultural studies - literature, arts, music - as they will explore that famous galaxy. Beyond the movie we can create interesting and successful interdisciplinary projects as I wrote.


Walt Disney offers on the Star Wars website some interesting tools (not all of them (there is a lot of marchandising), but you can visit it and a make a pre-selection of the resources that can be explored to introduce to your students.

Star Wars Rebels 2

Of course there are games and apps for all ages. Students love to learn by playing. So do a research on the website and select the games or apps according to the age of students and level you are teaching.

The Guardian also display some interative resources that you can vizualise and consider to inlucude in your courses:


The movie also boasted a spectacular soundtrack from composer John Williams. You can ask your colleague the Music teacher to introduce this masterpiece into a lesson or two


2015 has been a year full of fantastic scientific events: 

A cross-curricular school project: 
  • Languages: English, French, Portuguese (science-fiction, grammar, vocabulary)
  • Science
  • Arts
  • Music

May the Force be with you


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