"Shakespeare and Star Wars": Lesson Plan Day 1

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"Now is the summer of our happiness/Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" Luke Skywalker meets Hamlet in a 10-lesson unit based on Ian Doescher's William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope. Using Star Wars® as source material, Doescher has transformed Lucas's film into a Shakespearian drama and readers are challenged to consider two essential questions: How does an author's use of language add meaning? How does an author transform source material? What a way to build appreciation for The Bard!

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • To generate interest the author suggests showing the book's YouTube trailer to begin the unit
  • After examinning the prologue to Romeo and Juliet, have pupils craft a prologue to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope using the scrolling opening lines as a source
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires copies of Ian Doescher's William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope
  • Although the reading schedule for the 11-day unit begins on a Monday, the author notes that adjustments to the schedule can be made 
  • The unit would be most effective if readers are well versed in Shakespeare and in Star Wars®
Pros

  • Includes links for a unit calendar, directions for the double entry journal, a template for the journal, and the YouTube trailer
Cons

  • None