Star Wars Camp

    $120.00

    NEW Course! “Star Wars is such a fun world with the snarky underdogs characters, and it’s only grown from there. I remember my mythology teacher showing us how it’s the same pattern as our greatest legends, now updated to a cool space adventure. The sequels were uneven, but The Mandalorian’s managed to hook us all over again…now I’ve written five books on the series with more on the way.” ~Prof. Valerie

    Enrollment Options

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    InstructorProf. Valerie Frankel
    Content LevelsGrades 6-7 • Middle School
    Grades 7-8 • Junior High
    Course Length6 Weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnTuesdays, 2:00 - 2:50 PM Pacific - 5/31/22 - 7/10/22

    With a week on each era of Star Wars, from classic Luke, Han, and Leia to the Mandalorian and his adorable sidekick, we’ll explore the lore of this popular series.

    We’ll explore the first moments of the films, which featured found objects, and a worn look so different from most of sci-fi. Still, its delight was also based in older stories like Flash Gordon, classic westerns, and war dramas. Why did it grab world fandom beyond nearly any other franchise?

    We’ll also learn about the series’ reactions to history, from World War II to feminism, and discover symbolism, mythic themes, and all the tools of deep analysis, using this beloved universe. Within the universe, we’ll explore the history of Mandalore, the Jedi, and all the deep lore.

    Bring your loves and nitpicks for all our discussions. We’ll also speculate on the coolest Mandalorian gadgets, the perfect lightsaber, and all the things we’d do in this universe.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Class discussion topics
    • Related articles to read
    • Reader responses or similar activities

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Recommended watching of related Star Wars films, all available on Disney plus (or library DVDs).
    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.
    • Additional lessons and resources to help students get more out of the lessons and pursue their love of Star Wars.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Lecture with slides on the history, symbolism, and context of films and other Star Wars media, accompanied by discussion and student observations.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) is encouraged in online class discussions and also during lectures.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 5th-grade level or above.
    • Type fluently.
    • Write a paragraph independently.
    • Have some familiarity with Star Wars (any properties or eras—all is not required)

    Students should be willing to:

    • Write paragraphs and answer discussion questions for regular homework.
    • Critically think about Star Wars in its historical context.
    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.

    Required books & materials:

    • None.
    • A Disney Plus Subscription is helpful but not required