Stories Then and Now: Gods, Heroes, and Avatars

This Stories Then and Now: Gods, Heroes, and Avatars lesson plan also includes:

Argh! Flash Gordon, Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress, Joseph Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces, Valmiki's The Ramayana. Stories of heroes and villains fascinate. And although the tales are reinterpreted over time, and as they travel from culture to culture, common elements remain. Class members (and fuzzballs) will laugh it up with an activity that asks them to compare the characters and events in Star Wars with those in the Story of Rama. Only at the end will participants realize the power in the activity. May the Force be with you and your luminous beings.

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Classroom Considerations

  • The activity assumes that participants are familiar with the Star Wars saga
  • Participants very familiar with Star Wars may be confused by the typo that refers to "Aniken Skywalker and identity as Darth Vader"
  • The activity is part of a complete, 45-page, 5-lesson unit packet
Pros

  • The activity draws attention to universal values and themes
  • The graphic organizer encourages close reading and analysis of the Story of Rama
Cons

  • None