Posted by: waldropcv | June 4, 2010

Materials Review #2

1.  Name of Site:

2.  Link to Resources:

3.  Source:

  • A play telling the story of Prometheus and Pandora
  • The story of David and Goliath
  • A short biography of George Lucas
  • The George Lucas Education Foundation
  • Star Wars Episode IV (Part I, other parts are linked in YouTube page)

4.  Identify the teaching topic of the materials–be specific. Identify the population of the    students (grade, course):

  • The students to whom this would be taught would be in 9th-12th grade.   These materials are meant to give the students an understanding of the concept of a hero, and the classic battle between good and evil.

5.  Give a brief description of how the materials would be used:

  • After reading the two tales of Prometheus and Pandora and David and Goliath, students would discuss their ideas on good and evil.  Also would discuss other examples in literature, movies and television that reflect themes of good vs. evil.
  • After the discussion, each student would bring in an example of a hero to them.  Five different “heroes” would be selected and the students split up into five groups where each group would research and present the life and career of their respective hero.
  • After viewing Star Wars (preferably in class, but that may take up too much time), students would be asked to research the life of George Lucas (using the two links provided, as well as other sources).  The conflict between good and evil as represented by Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader would be discussed in class.  The class would then be divided into groups where each would create some artistic representation of the relationship between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.
  • And lastly students would be asked to write a paper on their preferred topic.  The relationship between good and evil, and the idea of a hero as represented by Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in Star Wars, or a paper on if they think George Lucas should be considered a hero, and on what he has contributed to society.

6.  Explain why you would use this material with your students. How will the material help your students learn the topic?

  • This material would be presented in the middle of a science fiction unit.  The use of film can greatly help students understand the themes that are common throughout science fiction literature.  After viewing this classic of the science fiction genre, and reading other science fiction literature, the students would write their own short science fiction work.


  1. Hey, I’m not a big Star Wars fan or sci-fi, but your lesson plan makes me want to be a part of this class! You’ve incorporated reading, visuals, communication skills, writing, and relating theme of heroes to real people in the students’ lives. I would think your students would have a lot of fun with this while meeting learning objectives.

  2. Very cool lesson plan. This sounds like fun and like a lot of students would be into it. I am not a big Star Wars fan either, (I don’t think I have ever watched one of the films) but that’s okay, because in order to complete this assignment you don’t have to be a Star Wars buff. I’m sure a lot of students will enjoy this assignment.
    -Alyssa Matty

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