Common Core State Standard L.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: Video of a current news event is presented for discussion to encourage student participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the video. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.
Nintendo's Mario is no longer a plumber
Video games' most recognizable red-and-blue-clad plumber isn't actually a plumber anymore. Nintendo has updated Mario’s profile, saying the mustachioed man "seems to have worked as a plumber a long time ago." Now, it says he prefers tennis, racing or anything "sporty."
■Class discussion: What do you think of Mario’s new profile? Did you even know that he was supposed to be a plumber? His creator said he was a carpenter when he first appeared in “Donkey Kong” in 1981. What is a backstory? Do video games need backstories to explain the plots and characters? How do backstories show up in other fiction works like books and films? Can you come up with an example?