"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Day 4

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Class members have an opportunity to compare how a film and a play handle the same source material by viewing the opening chapters of George Lucas's Star Wars: A New Hope and acts I and II of Ian Doescher's play, William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope. The focus here is having pupils reflect on the unique techniques afforded by each media.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the opening scenes of the film and the first few pages of the play to model how to use the two-column log for contrasting the film and the play
Classroom Considerations

  • Day four in a 10-day unit
  • Individuals will need copies of Ian Doescher's William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope
  • The viewing time required for the activity is 42:31; if you plan on flipping this section of the lesson, make sure class members have access and permission to watch the film out of class

  • Extensions include suggestions for how to tie the lesson into a unit on the hero's journey

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