The Art of the Controller: Can Video Games Be Classified as Art?

Students pick a side in the debate over whether or not video games can be classified as artwork and find methods of justifying their views through research. This lesson develops critical thinking skills as well as research and writing skills.


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Lesson Plan

The classroom can be divided in half or into multiple groups (as long as there is an even number of groups) for this lesson. Students should be assigned a stance to defend (either video games are a form of art, or video games are not a form of art). If students do not agree with their assigned stance, remind them that the goal of this lesson is to have them learn how to research and justify a point objectively without letting personal bias get in the way of facts. Students can use the links at the bottom of this section as starting points for their research.

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Lesson tags: Art, Eighth, Ninth, Social Studies, Tenth, Video Games

Anthony Naclerio

Anthony Naclerio Tony Naclerio is a curriculum writer and experienced Science educator. Tony specializes in merging video games, music, movies, and other forms of entertainment with life science principles. Tony believes that the key to teaching science is showing how science can apply to everyday life. Science is, in its purest sense, a way to understand the world around you, and in turn, yourself.