Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Teaching Kids about Sex, Pop Culture and Racial Stereotypes Using the SCG Sleeves

I've heard some cool stories about people using Magic as a pedagogical tool and I figured I'd give it a spin. Below is a simple lesson plan for teaching kids about sex, pop culture, and racial stereotypes. If nothing else, it's cheaper than a Richard Pryor DVD and a few wine coolers.

For each part of the lesson plan, introduce the student(s) to the StarCityGames version of the sleeve which they can purchase or earn at any SCG Open event. Next, help the children create their own version using what they've learned. I've provided examples in case you and the students need some inspiration.

Lesson Plan Part A: Sex

SCG Open Sleeves:





Many kids won't know what it means to "Tap that," but most will be familiar with the ridiculing of others as "fatties," so use that as your starting point for the discussion. A lecture might include a short story such as "John wanted to Tap That when he saw Michelle walk into the card store, but when she turned around he realized her ass just wasn't fat enough given his personal preferences."

Build your own sleeve example:




With inspiration drawn from the card Rapacious One, as well as Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger:


Lesson Plan Part B: Pop Culture

SCG Open Sleeves:





 

In all likelihood, the kids you're trying to reach weren't even conceived when these expressions were culturally relevant, so you've got your work cut out for you.

Build your own sleeve example:




 

Lesson Plan Part C: Racial Stereotypes

SCG Open Sleeves:




Don't expect the kids to understand this one right away, but stay with it and they'll get it. Make sure you do lesson plan A (Sex) first so the kids will understand why women would only want black lovers. Once you've covered this stereotype, it's time to create your own!


Build your own sleeve example:

The kids in your class won't be able to contain their excitement when they sleeve up a Millstone deck with these!


14 comments:

  1. well done sir - great way to start my morning

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  2. Glad someone said it, and especially in a hilarious way. These sleeves, while briefly amusing, are tasteless. A terrible way to market your business.

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  3. I'm glad I'm not the only person that thinks these sleeves are bad and SCG should feel bad.

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  4. Now this.. this is funny!

    SCG's sleeves are horrible.

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  5. The Green sleeves should have a pot leaf instead of a heart.

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  6. I find this article, if I can even call it that, quite tasteless. Someone should learn what a sense of humour is.

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  7. Are you really trying to insinuate that SCG sleeves somehow are above the norm for exposure to sex, pop culture and racial stereotypes for the MtG playing demographic? Or for that matter, anyone above the age of 13?

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  8. Maybe he is just having fun.... Maybe he is trying to insinuate that the SCG sleeves are just trashy

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  9. Ironically I saw an Asian person playing Battle of Wits at the last PTQ I was at.

    Your argument has flaws.

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