I fell in love with Star Wars when I was a young boy. My grandmother took my cousin and I to the theater to see Episode IV when the original trilogy was re-released to theaters. I remember being so drawn in to not only the story, but this entirely other world. We immediately left the theater and I went and made my grandmother buy me my first Star Wars action figure. It would be the first of many.
In my world history class I focus a lot on the themes of heroes and villains. History is full of both, and what determines whether you are apart of the dark or light side is what you do with the power, abilities and influence you are given. When teaching ancient Rome I like to use the Prequels to illustrate Roman culture (pod races/chariot races). I also use them as well the scene from Episode IV where Vader and the Imperial officials are discussion the "last remanence of the old republic" to illustrate the fall of the Roman republic and the rise of the Empire. To teach Greek mythology I like to show the Episode IV through filter of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey. When I teach world religions I like to examine the role of the force in the lives of the Jedi.
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