Visualizing the Superior Fighting Position
for after Chapter 7
- Teaches close reading - causes students to go back into the text really figure out what it is saying
- Student ownership - final products are displayed in the room so each student can point to
something they made
- Appeals to visual/tactile learners
- One package of pipe cleaners (1.5 pieces per student)
- String or whatever you can use to hang soldiers from the ceiling
- Scissors for cutting the ½ pieces and string
- Make sure each student has one and ½ lengths of pipe cleaner. Note: some may want an
extra ¼ or so to make a gun - up to you and or school policy about guns
- Make them WATCH before they DO.
- Demonstrate how to make a figure - see figure (no pun intended)
- Once they have made their basic figure, refer them to page 97 (it'll be different in different
editions - look for the passage over half way through chapter 7 - "Abruptly he felt himself
reorient…") and have them put their little Ender into the proper fighting stance.
- It should look like this (or something like it):
Be prepared for slightly perverse snickers about this from some of your students.
- Then, demonstrate the advantages.
Ask - Why do people hit the ground when someone's firing a gun?
This is the same principle.
Have two students demonstrate: an upright Ender fire at a positioned Ender
Ask - How can the positioned Ender have the advantage?
- Then you can do all kinds of fun things:
Post Enemy and Home gates on two of the walls - have them talk about what is down/up etc.
Put them in toons to simulate movement through null grav.
Null grav is easy to simulate when you're holding a pipe-cleaner Ender.
- Have each student show you their properly positioned Ender for participation points and have
them hang them around the room.
Note: I did this activity with SENIORS in high school and they loved it - especially showing off
their embellished fighters - some Petras had pony tails.