I have finally gotten around to getting a printed quote from my local games retailer for TWO pre-owned black PS2 consoles. Now I can get the cheque drawn from school and with the pink PS2 I am also getting next week, finally have enough equipment ready to begin my Video Games Unit with year 9 next term!
I am planning a short, 5 week unit for my Gifted & Talented year 9 class based around video games. This will be the first time I have taught Video Games in school, and if it is successful it will form the basis of a forum I am running with Darcy at the ETA annual conference.
What I currently have in mind is a series of lessons for the first 3 weeks where students hear a mini lecture and participate in class discussion before breaking out into structured ‘workstation’ activities. I will probably only give these ‘mini lectures’ one in every two lessons – each time we focus on a new aspect of the unit. Three weeks will give me 15 x 80 minute lessons, in which I would love to cover:
- video games as a legitimate ‘text’
- genre in video games
- gender issues (gendered avatars, worlds, audiences, marketing etc.)
- violence in games & classification systems
- video games and the media
- games and fan fiction
In the final 2 weeks of the unit I was thinking of getting the students to develop their own games-related research questions. They would use the 2 weeks mixing independent work on their research question with the composition of a range of set pieces of writing based on the games they had played in class or at home.
So, any ideas for what I can teach?