The Storytelling in “The Mandalorian” as a Tool to Keep Students Engaged and Teach Important Lessons

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The Storytelling in “The Mandalorian” as a Tool to Keep Students Engaged and Teach Important Lessons 

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by Jodi 3/29/23

We all need good and inspirational examples when it comes to the art of storytelling. It has to connect to the target audience on a special emotional level, which can often be observed in powerful movies or TV series. You will find many famous titles helpful if you are an educator or a student looking for inspiration. When everything is done correctly by the screenplay writers and directors, it serves as a unique tool to keep students engaged and teach important lessons about care, equality, trust, friendship, overcoming your inner fears, and staying true to certain personal beliefs and visions. One such amazing example of storytelling is “The Mandalorian” TV series, a famous space Western hosted by Disney+ channel.

The Storytelling in The Mandalorian as a Helpful Tool to Keep Students Engaged

– The Sense of Belonging and Loneliness.

Grogu, Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) in Lucasfilm's THE MANDALORIAN, season three, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

The storytelling is done through the eyes of a person seeking a sense of belonging in this world. We can feel the alienation and loneliness as the story unfolds. Unfortunately, it is what many learners these days feel as they try to find their place. These TV series can be used as a way to talk about cooperation and the necessity of being there for others. It’s not a certain point but a process as in process essay examples that many students might have written before. The storytelling is often portrayed through dialogues and monologues as the Mandalorian code of ethics is revealed.

– Overcoming Inner Insecurities.

Another important aspect of storytelling in The Mandalorian relates to the inner insecurities of a person as one must complete an important mission. As students proceed with various learning tasks, they must apply dedication and stay true to their beliefs as they analyze various bits of data. Using the series as the template can be helpful in addressing these important topics for discussion and debate purposes. Ask your learners to talk about how they see cowardice and courage and what decisions they would make based on the storyline in the series.

Fatherhood and Parenting.

While it’s not a new subject for the cinema industry, this aspect has often been skipped during the Star Wars filming. Mandalorian’s way of storytelling seems to fill the gap by focusing on the beauty of parenting and child-parent relationships in a non-typical movie scenario. Numerous American film schools have noticed how these series take a slightly different approach and show more sincerity and reflection as the authority still remains, but the soft sides of parenting become revealed.

"The Mandalorian" season 3 key art

– Earning The Trust.

One of the most important storylines in The Mandalorian is about earning the trust of those people who we encounter on our way. It can be used for argumentative writing and group projects as the art of cooperation is being mastered. Think about how the trust is questioned and how it’s gained in each new episode by taking notes.

The Importance of Reflective Writing

Watching “The Mandalorian”, one cannot help but notice how every episode is filled with reflection and the constant flashbacks to the past where the characters discuss what certain events have taught them or how their personalities have been shaped. Therefore, each episode can be used as an academic task for students to write a reflective essay that can be either based on the TV series or deal with a specific emotion or a scenario. Think about the subject of parenthood and belonging, as these are the primary themes that make The Mandalorian as meaningful as it is! While the Star Wars saga tried its best to avoid the child-parent relationship, these series do so through the skilled art of storytelling. It helps us reflect on our childhood times and prepare for what’s to come in our lives and those of the people around us.

Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu in Lucasfilm's THE MANDALORIAN, season three, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

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