Wheatley’s Midterm Experience Program Connects English Skills to Careers (Part 4)!

Wheatley’s Midterm Experience is designed to give our 9th and 10th-grade students hands-on workshops to provide insight into how English skills can be used in future endeavors. On Tuesday, 21 January, over the course of two hours, students worked with acclaimed authors, poets, directors and creative artists in activities designed to engage students in activities that simply cannot be done during a regular class period.

The Midterm Experience occurs thanks to the dedication of our Secondary English Chair, Mr. Steve Collier and our Librarian, Mrs. Jo Beth Roberts. Our incredible English teachers provide crucial support, leading many of the workshops. Finally, we are thankful for the many talented professionals who spent the morning with our terrific students!

In addition to the workshops described in this post, and this post and this post, students also benefitted from the following:

Star Wars and The Hero’s Journey

Dan Burke, English teacher and Star Wars Enthusiast

Workshop Description

In George Lucas’s classic saga Star Wars, Luke Skywalker goes on an epic adventure to learn the ways of the Force, avenge the death of his father, and help the Rebels destroy the evil empire controlled by the Emperor and his apprentice, Darth Vader.  According to Hollywood development executive, Christopher Vogler, “The Hero’s Journey is a pattern of narrative identified by the American scholar Joseph Campbell that appears in drama, storytelling, myths, religious ritual, and psychological development.  It describes the typical adventure of the archetype known as The Hero, the person who goes out and achieves great deeds on behalf of the group, tribe, or civilization.” George Lucas used this Hero’s Journey model to create the groundbreaking films that are still popular over 40 years after their release.  In this workshop, we will look at the structure of the Hero’s Journey, how Lucas used it to create Star Wars, analyze other films and literature that also use this model, and then create our own Hero’s Journey: Wheatley 2020 edition.


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