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The Star Wars saga has it all. Action, space battles, lightsabers, interesting characters. Everything. Fans discuss every aspect of the saga and channel their enthusiasm into blogs, fan films, podcasts, and crafts. I’m constantly surprised by what they do. I know, it’s a phrase I repeat again and again, but hey, that’s why this column exists.

I stumble across a lot of fan-fueled projects on social media, and I recently noticed photos popping up in my feeds from Star Wars in the Classroom. The images featured moments from the films, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels and shared a lesson or quote that connected to the scene. They weave Star Wars into education, and it extends beyond bite-sized lessons on social media. Wes Dodgens and Thomas Riddle run an entire website devoted to helping educators and fans teach and learn with Star Wars. I talked with Dodgens and Riddle about their project, examples of real world application, and the themes in Star Wars they find themselves continually referencing.

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StarWars.com: Tell me a little about the history of Star Wars in the Classroom and your mission.

Wes Dodgens: Growing up a huge fan of the original trilogy, Star Wars was always a major part of my life. As I grew older and decided to pursue a degree in social studies education, I began to notice the many connections of our world to that of the Star Wars universe. During my first few years as a high school teacher, I would throw in Star Wars references here and there, but I stopped short of showing clips or the films themselves. My co-worker and future collaborator, Thomas Riddle, was the first to help me realize the potential of actually using Star Wars in the classroom.

On a fateful road trip to a professional development conference back in 2007, Thomas told me about a unit he had developed on teaching mythology through Star Wars. I was captivated and began looking for more ways to integrate Star Wars into my own curriculum. Since that time, I have used Star Wars wherever I can fit it into my content.

Our first collaboration, however, began with Indiana Jones due to a mutual and deep appreciation for the Young Indiana Jones series. In 2007, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was nearing its theatrical debut and the Young Indiana Jones series was approaching its long awaited DVD release. We decided to move forward with launching an educational website built around Indiana Jones. That initiative sparked a good bit of interest and got the attention of some folks at Lucasfilm.

Thomas Riddle: While I continued to teach with Indiana Jones, it was around 1995 that I began actively teaching with Star Wars as part of my World History classes. I found myself frequently making comparisons between the stories of the original trilogy and the history that I was teaching. Eventually, I formalized my loose references into a coherent curriculum called, Star Wars and the Hero’s Journey that involved teaching the entire original trilogy as part of a study of ancient world history. The students really enjoyed learning in this manner.

By 2012, Wes and I decided it was time to launch a Star Wars education initiative similar to our Indy one and that became Star Wars in the Classroom. The mission: to inspire transdisciplinary teaching and learning with the Star Wars saga.

StarWars.com:Can you give me an example of a time where you incorporated Star Wars in a lesson and a student gave you feedback about how it resonated with him or her?

Wes Dodgens: The most extensive way I use Star Wars in the classroom is in my World Wars elective course. Each year I show the prequel trilogy and have my students note and discuss the similarities between the rise of Palpatine to that of Adolf Hitler. Students also compare the Jedi purge to Hitler’s execution of SA leaders in the Night of the Long Knives.

Thomas Riddle: Perhaps the most impactful assignment that I gave to students required them to apply each stage of the Hero’s Journey to their own lives having analyzed all three films and comparing them to the mythologies of all the ancient civilizations that we studied. Who are your hero partners? Who is your wise and helpful guide? What is your magic talisman? What masks do you wear and why? What monster(s) do you combat? While answering these and other questions, my students would really bare their souls. For some, it would often seem cathartic. The writing that they did for this assignment was always the best of the year.

Two years ago, one of my former students, Richard, contacted me to wish me luck before I was to give a TEDx talk on “Imagineering Education.” He wanted to let me know how much he enjoyed my class and that he still tells his friends about learning mythology with Star Wars and having to apply that knowledge to his own life. I taught Richard in 1999 and he still remembers what he learned. Whenever I run into former students or hear from them on Facebook, they typically talk about all that they learned with Star Wars.

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StarWars.com: How do you communicate lesson material to other educators? Do you have any idea how many teachers use or reference your work?

Wes Dodgens: Currently, our content is presented via our website, but we also utilize social media to promote educational uses of Star Wars. In the coming weeks we will be launching an online forum, The Rogues Ready Room, for educators wanting to learn more or share how they teach with Star Wars. We hope this forum will foster discussion and collaboration amongst teachers who wish to use or already use Star Wars in the classroom.

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We are also excited to announce that we will be monthly guests on Coffee with Kenobi, an outstanding podcast co-hosted by fellow Rogue Dan Zehr. During our segment we’ll be discussing a wide range of topics related to Star Wars and education.

Thomas Riddle: As for the number of teachers who are using our work, well, we currently have 130 registered Rogues, from multiple countries. There are many more who we hear from that are taking our work and adapting it to their own classrooms. It’s really hard to determine the reach but we know that it appears to be growing rapidly.

StarWars.com: What are some themes in Star Wars you find yourselves continually referencing when you develop lessons?

Wes Dodgens: Although Star Wars lends itself to so many curriculums, I am most interested in how Star Wars was influenced by the World Wars. Of course, both World Wars are my favorite historical eras to teach, so it is only fitting that I place my focus there. During World War II the development of new military weapons and tactics, the failure of democracy and the threat of dictatorship, the dangers of appeasement, and the battle of good versus evil consumed the planet. We see these same themes mirrored throughout history and these concepts make numerous connections to Star Wars.

Thomas Riddle: We touch upon many themes, especially those around the mythology of the saga: love, friendship, redemption, heroism, selfless service, etc. We also try to promote the development of the creative capacity of students and help them discover their innate abilities and interests and use them for the benefit of themselves and others.

StarWars.com: What new opportunities for education have you developed based on Star Wars Rebels? Do you find it’s more relatable since it features young teenagers as part of the central cast?

Wes Dodgens: Star Wars Rebels has been fantastic and we recently launched our educational companion area Rebels: Connections. Each episode seems to lend itself to educational discussion and it’s wonderful having new, relevant content to take inspiration from. Some of the recent additions include comparisons between Tarkintown to the Hoovervilles of the United States’ Great Depression, whistleblowers like W. Mark Felt (a.k.a. Deep Throat) to Gall Trayvis who openly challenges Imperial tyranny, and the role nationalism plays in forging empires and unifying countries behind a common purpose.

Thomas Riddle: As for the series being more relatable, I think that, so far, it is providing fertile ground to explore issues that adolescents often face, such as trying to determine who they are as an individual and how they fit in with a larger group that may not necessarily be like themselves. They are also developing a sense of their responsibility in taking a stand for what they believe to be true and right. Stories such as the ones that we’re seeing in Rebels are a great way to introduce complex ideas to students and have them develop their thoughts around them.

Learn more about Star Wars in the Classroom at their website and keep up with bite-sized lessons at Twitter.

Amy Ratcliffe is a writer obsessed with all things Star Wars, Disney, and coffee. You can follow her on Twitter at @amy_geek and keep up with all things geeky at her blog.

Unless you have been living under a rock in Tatooine, you will know that the latest Star Wars episode has recently hit the big screen. I have to admit we are all fans here and after seeing the new film I am in LOVE with Rey, what an amazing kick-ass female role she’s got. Not the usual Disney vomit-inducing “save me, I’m a princess” rubbish!
Now if your home has turned into a light saber padawan camp and you could do with the kids taking it down a notch or two, then Yoda is here to save the day. Many an activity, here can be found.
I love anything that combines the current interests of the child and learning, so if you kid is into whatever the latest craze is, use that to your advantage and mix it in with what ever he or she needs to work on, whether it be maths, language skills or physical skills like using their pincer muscles.

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Part 1 – Educational Freebies (fun, free and good for their brains!)

I did start off by putting these in categories but it just got too confusing due to over lap! So use to force and the link you need will call to you, all of these are FREE…

  • Star Wars Preschool Pack from Home School Creations
  • Star Wars Free Printable Pack from Royal Baloo and Logi Bear Too
  • Star Wars Hand Writing pack from What Do We Do All Day
  • Alphabet and number cards from To The Moon And Back
  • Star Wars word search from Rock and Roll Kindergarten
  • Applications Of The Trigonometric Laws by Martha Candler
  • A New Hope for Chinese Philosophy by K Manzo
  • Identifying Archetypes in Star Wars by Patricia Babbit
  • Star Wars Digraph Game and Sort by Edward Ohlsen
  • Star Wars: Force and Friction by Reading Resource
  • Mini-book Writing and Rubrics Freebie by Tanya Dwyer
  • Star Wars Healthy Living Challenge by Brian House
  • Star Wars Sight Words by Team Fannin
  • Plot In Elements of Literature 1st course by Cherane Moreno
  • Odd and Even Star Wars game by Keri Yamnik
  • Star Wars themed self behaviour assessment sheet by Megan Whitakar
  • Darth Vader Acrostic Poem by Anna Watson
  • Yoda Acrostic Poem by Anna Watson
  • Star Wars Task Cards! Fact or Opinion by Digital Divide and Conquer
  • Star Wars Analogies by Jennifer Crill
  • Star Wars Homophone Posters by Kirstin
  • Star Wars R-Controlled Vowels by Free4Firsties
  • Star Wars Fact Sort by Alice Little
  • Star Wars letter Tracing by ESL Kids
  • R2D2 Cut and Paste by Froggies and Fairies
  • Using The Force – Star Wars Note Naming Activity Sheet by Expressivo
  • Star Wars Endosymbiosis Theory by Biology Freebies
  • Star Wars Civil Engineering: Site Considerations by Anthony Shadman
  • Measurement: SI System Scientific Notation Accuracy and Precision by Twofifty
  • Would You Rather & What Character Are You? by Speech Rocks
  • Star Wars Around The World by Expressivo
  • Star Wars Reading Log by Huckleberry Tweets
  • C3P0 & R2D2 Mystery Pictures by Natalia Res
  • Star Wars Alphabetical Order by Rachel Lukacsko
  • Star Wars Homeschool Pack from Brain Power Boy
  • Star Wars Lego Science by Fun A Day
  • Star Wars Music Study Unit from Homegrown Learners
  • Fluency Posters from Teacher Notebook
  • Printable Activity Sheets by In The Playroom
  • Solve a System of Linear Equation by MashUp Math (youtube video)
  • Addition & Subtraction by Bright Concepts 4 Teachers
  • Star Wars Story Dice by Deceptively Educational
  • Star Wars Activity Book from Busy Moms Helper
  • Star Wars Notebook Pages by Homeschool Encouragement
  • Unit Study and Printables from Year Round Homeschooling
  • Star Adventuring Writing Pack from In All You Do
  • Lego Star Wars Challenges from The Pleasantest Thing
  • Star Wars Math from Carrots Are Orange
  • Star Emergent Readers from In All That You Do
  • Star Wars Internet Scavenger Hunt from Lesson Plans Page


Part Two – Crafts & Colouring Pages

The next set are more on the crafty side of things, which are still educational. Kids can work on fine motor skills, cutting and drawing skills, building and making and so much more.

  • Chewbacca Storage Tin by jojoebi designs (yep me!)
  • Star Wars Rules Banner from The Best Days
  • Star Wars Party printables from Creative parties
  • Yoda Craft by Mommyapolis
  • Force Awakens Bookmarks by Cindy Gilchrist
  • Printable Tags and Stickers by Living Locurto
  • Star Wars Snowflakes by Jumpsquares
  • Colouring Pages and Graphics from Homeschool Encouragement
  • Printable Masks from Lucha Libre Masks
  • Princess Leia Papercraft by Starwars.com
  • Book Marks from Family Shopping Bag
  • Favour Boxes and Cup Cake Wrappers from Family Shopping Bag
  • 147 colouring pages from colouring-book
  • Little Yoda Crocket Tutorial by Happy Together
  • Colouring Pages by Blessed Beyond A Doubt
  • Death Star PlayDoh by Littles Bins For Little Hands
  • Rebels Colouring And Activity Sheets by Homeschool Giveaway & Freebies
  • Lunch Box Cards by Mom Endeavors
  • Felt Chewbacca Bookmark from Starwars.com
  • Pool Noodle Light Sabers from Frugal Fun For Boys
  • Star Wars Toilet Roll Characters by Kids Activity Blog
  • Light Saber Napkin Wraps by Catch My Party
  • Light Saber Printable by family Disney
  • Milk Jug Storm Trooper Helmet by filth Wizardry
  • Cubeecraft templates by CyberDrone
  • Lego Star Wars Ornaments from Chris McVeigh
  • Lego Building With Regular Bricks from Littles Bins For Little Hands
  • Loads Of Lego Mini Builds from sw.decdesigns
  • Star Wars Perler Beads R2D2 from Brain Power Boy
  • Papercraft AT-AT from Vector Vault (only for the super patient!)
  • Light Up Light Saber Cards by Left Brain Craft Brain
  • Star Wars Board Game by Lucia Cazares
  • Star Wars Roll and Cover by Froggies and Fairies
  • Star Wars Dollars by ESL Kidz (could be used with games or money based lessons)
  • BB8 Game by ESL Kidz
  • Ultimate Star Wars Party food (lots of recipes here)
  • Galactic Playdoh from I Should Be Mopping The Floor
  • Lots of Star Wars Origami by Origami Yoda
  • Yoda Yoga:Stretching Star Wars Style by TIME Techland channel (video showing Star Wars yoga poses)
  • DIY Star Wars Mobile by Mad in Crafts
  • X-wing Fighter Pilot Helmet by Filth Wizardy
  • Yoda Paper Bag Puppet by Glue Sticks and Gum Drops
  • Death Star Art by Fun-a-day
  • R2D2 Craft for little ones by Mom Inspired Life
  • Toilet Tube Crafts by Hello Wonderful
  • X-wing Fighter using Toilet Rolls from Make:
  • DIY Light Saber from eHow
  • Star Wars Sharpie Mug by Made In A Day
  • Chewbacca Jumping Jack by M Gulin
  • Star Wars Stitch Craft by a Few Short Cuts

And finally this is number 101. This site is worth it’s weight in gold! Star Wars In The Classroom

If you have anything to add or come across any other links that would be great to share, please let me know in the comments.

May the force be with you…

If you have gotten through that lot and ready for some good old-fashioned open-ended project ideas (not Star Wars based but can easily be adapted so that they are) check out Boredom Busters, perfect to help kids build thier imagination.

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