Guess what, Star Wars is back in the news again! Yes, with the upcoming release of Force Awakens to Bluray, the Star Wars media and advertising empire is back. Star Wars does excel at marketing itself; it was the movie which really began the modern marketing phenomenon. And can we blame them? Aren't we all in one way or another marketing ourselves (I mean isn't that what Twitter is about?)
But I digress....
Here are some resources that you may find interesting in using Star Wars with your students....
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. Complete with iambic pentameter these works bring us Star Wars but in Shakespearean language
Star Wars in the Classroom: The next two ideas come from THE NUMBER ONE RESOURCE ONLINE about using Star Wars in education. This is a treasure trove of ideas, resources, lessons and a robust community all interested in sharing. For example check this out. Below is a screen shot of search on this site for "hero's journey". This brings up many examples of teachers in this community who have shared lessons on this subject.
Star Wars and America's Westward Expansion. From farming, treatment of natives, and saloon gunfights, this lesson shows many great connections with the Star Wars saga and the American expansion and pioneer era.
Star Wars and Propaganda: This lesson ideas has look at Star Wars propaganda posters through the lens of analyzing primary sources and then compare them historical posters
From Democracy to Dictatorship. Here is a blog post I wrote for the Innovate My School site about how used Star Wars to help my students understand how historically some nations simply allowed dictators to rise like Caesar, Napoleon and Hitler just like the emperor's rise in Star Wars
8 Things Star Wars Can Teach Us About Writing. This post with ideas like "Even the Death Star Had a Weak Spot." and others helps would be writers by channeling lessons learned from Star Wars.
Star Wars Teaching Ideas. A Pinterest board from John Adamski
NY Times Post: Lastly, this blog post from the NY Times gives links to lesson ideas from everything from Yoda grammar on Grammar Girl's blog to the issues behind the Physics of Space Battles.
Oh, and even though the next movie won't come out for awhile, we will have the Star Wars machine rev about again in May. That's because May 4th is the unofficial Star Wars day simply because of the pun "May the Forth Be With You". There tons of puns and memes floating around social media. But there is actually a page at starwars.com about this day and what people around the world do to celebrate.