I have been a busy gal these past few weeks! As a part of my graduate coursework for my MAE, I recently discovered the wonderful world of Tom Angleberger’s “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.” This wonderful little series combines the best of graphic novels, middle childhood chapter novels, doodling, origami, and, of course, Star Wars!
Part of my “Secondary Reading Methods” course required me to do an alternative book report on a “Rock Star Author,” an author that is currently popular among children and critics alike, but new to me. I chose Tom Angleberger because I had come across his “Art2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling,” and wanted an excuse to purchase it. I am so glad I did! What a fabulous book!
My alternative book report for this project included a book trailer video I created with the help of my friend’s two sons, a video camera, and iMovie. You can view the video here.
Also, I used the whole series as a jumping off point for a 5-lesson plan interdisciplinary unit that focused on syntax, or the pattern of how the parts of a sentence work together to create meaning. It covers English, Spanish, Yoda’s unique syntax, and culminates in the students getting to create their own character and their syntax, as well as create a podcast using their characters to advocate for peaceful conflict resolution. Some pictures of the graphic organizers I created for that project are below.
All in all, I can’t say enough good about Tom’s “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda,” series, and I’m so excited that there is a new book coming out this summer!