I have been a halo fanboy ever since the beginning. I got the original Xbox specifically for the first game, and I have gotten each game since (yes, even the shameless milking-the-cash-cow remake of the original…which I loved). Watching the Halo Universe expand and become what it is today has been an absolute pleasure.
I’m also studying to be a High School English Teacher, and come this spring I will be entering the rigors of student teaching - that odd in-between where I have to teach a class that isn’t necessarily mine.
-Why Am I Telling You This?
I have a firm belief that students in High School English Classrooms across America can learn a lot through the HALO Universe. There are so many literary elements within the games and the books that it makes my head spin - especially HALO 4 with its beautifully crafted tension regarding Spartan 117/John and his humanity. I also think HALO will capture many of my student’s imaginations and writing ability in ways that traditional literature won’t.
My Question To You
-If you had the chance to involve aspects of the HALO Universe in a classroom what would you do and how would you do it? Would you focus on certain themes? What could thy write about? Remember, the objective is not to teach kids about HALO, it’s to teach kids how to think critically and write imaginatively through the lens of HALO.
Ex: Students will discuss whether Masterchief is more man than machine or vice versa. Or Students demonstrate what parts of the narrative structure are in HALO.
Here are some prompts for your responses
-Students will write about…
-Students will discuss…
-Students will analyze…
Feel Free to include details on how to run the class if your feeling saucy