Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Schools : Let's talk Star Wars saga !

Star Wars The Force Awakens
J.J. Abraham, 2015

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.

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 to teach mythology and science fiction (the narrative) in Literature lessons. 

Finally, with other students, time passes 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 with 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 villain 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.

Star Wars The last Jedi
the late actress Carrie Fisher/ Princess Leia
last  appearance as General Leia
Walt Disney Studios / Lucasfilm

Unfortunally, Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher died at the end of The Last Jedi 

"Our princess, our general left us."

Carrie Fisher/ Princess Leia played the role of the Resistance’s leader with rare charm and considerable humility.  

There is no Leia without her, and Star Wars will not the same without her. Of course, the princess turned General will now get an off-screen death in Episode IX. So sad!

Star Wars episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
J.J. Abrams, 2019

In the riveting conclusion of the landmark Skywalker saga, new legends will be born-and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

All the characters you have ever loved prepare to fight to the death against the Dark Side. But in spite of all the horror, this is Star Wars. And there is hope, always hope, and the power of the mysterious Force... 

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

And now The Last Jedi is on theater since last Dec. 13, 2017. The excitingly eighth film of the great Star Wars saga written and directed by Rian JohnsonIt's the second film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). 

Star Wars The Last Jedi
Rian Johnson,2017

The plot follows Rey as she receives Jedi training from Luke Skywalker in hopes of turning the tide for the Resistance in the continued fight against Kylo Ren and the First Order.

The Last Jedi offers "colossal confrontations, towering indecisions and teetering temptations, spectacular immolations, huge military engagements, and very small disappointments."

Peter Bradshaw, Guardian critic

Star Wars The Last Jedi
Rian Johnson, 2017

"We had such a great time!"

Rian Johnson, director

According to Rian Johnson, the story begins immediately after the last scene of The Force Awakens. He had his story group watch films for inspiration while developing ideas. 


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

You may introduce the StarWars movies to a new generation of light saber-wielding super fans. So how can they watch all the films if the school where you teach, don’t 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. There are huge fans who have all the films Star Wars saga.

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

Go to  theater with your students to watch The Last Jedi, after the Christmas season. Don't miss the opportunity to watch such an epic adventure on a real screen.

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.

Star Wars The last Jedi
 Luke Skywalker/ Mark Hamill, 2017
Walt Disney Studios / Lucasfilm


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 include into your lessons after Christmas seasons. Wow! I preview great lessons!

  • Quiz Which Star Wars The Last Jedi are the fans?
It may be time for the Jedi to end, but the quiz experience will just begins.
Students like this resource and have a new poster to join to their Star Wars collection 
  • Heroes Star Wars The Last Jedi
Students can browse the different episodes (videos)

Games & apps:

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.

There are games and apps for different ages and level you are teaching. 

Other Resources:

The Guardian also display some interactive resources that you can visualize and consider to include into your lessons:


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

The Last Jedi offers as well variations on the poweful orchestral themes of the original trilogy, "switching occasionally to muted tones and minor keys, before cranking the volume back up. This auto-reference has become an accepted and exhilarating part of the new Star Wars rhetoric."

Star Wars The Last Jedi
Rian Johnson,2017


2015 has been a year full of fantastic scientific events: 

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

Star Wars episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
J.J. Abrams, 2019

Meanwhile your new fans to the next Star Wars episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker in 2019 that will finished The Skywalker Saga.

And now in 2022, here we have Star Wars  Obi-Wan Kenobi, TV mini-series, directed by Deborah Chow with Ewan McGregor, reprising his role as the iconic Jedi Master. The saga continues...

May the Force be with you Jedi Master!



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