'Star Wars' Lesson Plan
1. Poster (available
Background: Teacher's Notes
SCND opposes the Stars Wars programme because it is a cover for possible use of nuclear weapons.
Star Wars is a system for intercepting and destroying missiles before they strike the USA. Star Wars is promoted as a development of the USA defence programme. SCND argues that it is an aggressive act of dominance because it allows the USA to attack with no fear of effective retaliation. It will also encourage other powers to develop increasing sophisticated weapons to overcome the Star Wars system.
Please refer to the leaflet ‘Missile Defence’ and our website,’ www.banthebomb.org for further information.
The poster and leaflet can be used in two ways:
1. To consider the Star Wars system
Below are some of the arguments for and against Star Wars. The leaflets ‘Star Wars’, ‘Seven Deadly Myths’ and ‘Britain’s Weapon of Mass Destruction’ give useful information.
In groups consider the following statements:
For Star Wars:
Do you agree?
Make a list of all the reasons for the Star Wars system.
Against Star Wars
Do you agree?
Make a list of all the reasons against the Star Wars system.
2. Example of the work of an SCND as a pressure group
Why has SCND produced this poster?
It is designed to be eye catching by using a well-known series of films and playing on the name ‘Star Wars’. The poster was based on a real poster for the film ‘Star Wars, Attack of the Clones’
It could be argued that the USA government is happy that their system has been nicknamed Star Wars as this has connotations in the public mind - fighting for good, exciting and the goodies win. The poster sets about to challenge our view of this image.
Use of imagery:
- The ‘goodies’
- exploding nuclear weapon
- mixture of real and fantasy space craft
Use of language:
- the title ‘A George W Bush Fantasy’
- Boeing - the largest and leading Star Wars contractor
- "and multi billion dollar special effects from"
- Attack of the Clowns - Attack of the Clones
1. Do you think this poster is funny? Why?
In groups, discuss the following points:
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