The Halo Universe: A Comparative Literature Course
During this course we will work with a team of international content experts to analyze science fiction as a means of storytelling with a specific emphasis on the Halo universe. Yes, that is HALO the video game. We will observe and analyze books, graphic novels, short stories, short films, and a movie that coordinate that create a variety of perspectives that complete this intricate story. Naturally, to better understand each element of the story, we will be forced to play several missions on a variety of Halo video games.
As a final project students must turn in ONE of the following assignments before the last day of class: a short story, a graphic novel, a literary analysis of an event or character, or a short film based on what we have learned. Students may utilize the "Forge" and must turn in original work. Students will be graded on quality of work, willingness to contribute to discussion, and attendance.
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Week 2: Know Thy Enemy: Who is the enemy, what are they seeking, and how do we defeat them?
Study the initial reaction to alien assault on Reach. Categorize different enemy groups and their respective objectives. How might the human race serve as its own enemy?
"The Flood" by Eric Nylund
Halo Reach Cut Scene 1
Halo Legends: Origins 1
Week 3: War Aplenty: Analyze the different wars. Why are all of these wars happening NOW? Do the Forunners or their technology play a role? What is the metaphoric purpose of HALO?
Consider the artistic style of "Second Sunrise over New Mombasa." How does this add (or detract) from our story? What artistic aspects will you use to motivate your audience?
"Second Sunrise over New Mombasa" by Brett Lewis and Moebius
Halo Legends: Origins 2
An absolutely fabulous summary or analysis source (Extra)
Week 4: The Flood is plays a significant role in the Halo universe. What makes the flood an effective enemy? What makes the flood an ineffective enemy?
Weekly Focus Discuss which races represent which religions or systems of government that currently exist on planet Earth. Why might the authors use religion or faith to characterize different species? How can this background help us interpret the actions of the characters?
Week 5: What defines a traditional soldier? What defines a perfect soldier? Now, consider the grey area: what defines Master Chief? Finally, who REALLY is Master Chief? Why might the authors intentionally ambiguous in regard to the imagery that portray's Chief's image?
Weekly Focus What makes a soldier? Why is it important to define symbols within our writing? How can symbols change the meaning of a story?
Materials Paper, Pencil, SMARTboard
Week 6: Finalize and present your completed project
Materials Completed Projects. Remember to bring these!