Reboots and Retellings for Middle School

Reboots and Retellings (for Middle School)

We will discuss and examine how stories can be remade and retold in new and/or flashier ways, sometimes to be more relevant to modern audiences, sometimes to make more money. We will look at several examples as a class to learn and practice our analysis skills, then students will choose a story to take lead on to explore as it is retold. 

List of potential topics for students: Hercules/Herakles, Clash of the Titans, Star Wars, Transformers, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Jungle Book, Charlotte’s Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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Class Duration: September 28-October 19

Class Size: 3-8 learners

Age Range: 11-13

Full Enrollment: $85
Full Enrollment with Feedback Add-On: $115

We will discuss and examine how stories can be remade and retold in new and/or flashier ways, sometimes to be more relevant to modern audiences, sometimes to make more money. We will look at several examples as a class to learn and practice our analysis skills, then students will choose a story to take lead on to explore as it is retold. 

List of potential topics for students: Hercules/Herakles, Clash of the Titans, Star Wars, Transformers, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Jungle Book, Charlotte’s Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

This class will be high-interaction.  We will brainstorm and discuss material and ideas in class.  Online participation in discussion forums between live meetings is required.

Learners will be expected to share and present on their project findings in the final session and answer questions by other learners and instructor.

Learners may choose whether or not to speak/use voice and whether or not to use a webcam. Learners may choose to interact using text in lieu of voice during class.  Out-of-class discussion forums will be available for learners to contribute ideas asynchronously.

Learners will have options between a live presentation or a pre-recorded audio/video presentation for class.

We will meet live as a group on the following Thursdays from 1:30-2pm Eastern: October 1 and October 22.

To interact in class: Computer with internet access, microphone strongly recommended, camera optional.  

Recommended: access to relevant media (books, movies, TV shows) that we will discuss in class.

For project: Access to relevant source (book/movie selected by learner from list). Relevant tools to create project and present (such as slide presentation program access if a slide presentation will be used).

1 hour for live session, 1-2 hours per week for out of class work

Read/listen/watch and recall relevant information.  

Communicate facts and information to peers and instructor. 

Focus attention on relevant material.

ISTE standards: 1a, 1c, 2a, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4a, 4d, 5b, 5c, 5d, 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d
Bloom’s Taxonomy: Apply, Analyze, Evaluate, Create

Families and learners will be invited to share with the instructor about any special needs or accommodations that are necessary or helpful for the class.  Families and learners will be able to contact the instructor with any concerns. Instructor will work with learners to choose a project format that works with learners abilities and needs.  There will be one email check-in around the midpoint of the course.

We will look at generally age-appropriate material, but to compare them to originals or to remakes, we may discuss some difficult topics.  For example, the original story of Herakles in Greek Mythology involved domestic violence, so that will be mentioned in the context of contrasting with modern retellings of Hercules like Disney’s Hercules.

Students will be given options for media to look at with an advisement to check with parents/guardians for appropriateness. 

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