What Would Yoda Do? How to Integrate Star Wars in the Classroom

Do. Or do not. There is no try.

The famous words of Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back are as familiar to the movie-going public as Shakespeare’s “To be, or not to be.” These quotes are also the two that teachers are most likely to put up as posters in a classroom. If J.J. Abrams has anything to say about it, students’ love for Star Wars will soon rival that of their teachers.

Star Wars is a worldwide phenomenon, a franchise that has spawned millions of fans, and those fans have created content far beyond the movies (people love their R2D2). In December 2015, the release of The Force Awakens will build a bridge between people who saw the original trilogy (including the prequels) and fans of a new trilogy. If the movie becomes as successful as everyone thinks (which it will), then new fans will thirst for more.

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