By Kenzie Serratt
Cougar News Blog
Cactus Canyon has added some new and enrichment classes regarding Star Wars and modern warfare.
James Gibson, an eighth-grade social studies teacher, is teaching a new Star Wars enrichment class and David McQuilkin is teaching a class about warfare. Both classes consist of around 40 eighth-grade students.
Mr. Gibson plans on incorporating culture in with the movies. They will have discussions about how students feel the movies impacted them.
“I think that enrichment is centered around student willingness and interest. So, I created a class centered around Star Wars, with its highly anticipated summer release of the seventh movie,” said Mr. Gibson. “I surveyed my classes to see who had never seen any Star Wars movie. I then asked if they (the students) would be interested in learning about and watching all six videos.”
Mr. Gibson points out interesting things about the movies, and makes real-world references that help tell the story. He explains how art imitates life and how if it’s more realistic, the audience won’t question the movie’s legitimacy.
“We will be discussing art (movies) and talking about our feelings and impact the film or films had on us. Whenever you are able to share about culture and art it is enriching,” says Mr. Gibson.
Students in Mr. McQuilkin’s class learn about machinery in war. Mr. McQuilkin teaches them about planes, tanks, and other things used in warfare.
“I learn about helicopters and things that fly,” said Samantha Marchese, who is in Mr. McQuilkin’s class.