How to Train Your Dragon (2010) flick 2

Concept featured in clip: The Nature of Science
Location of clip: (DVD)

Summary of clip: Hiccup has always been bullied and ostracized by his classmates because he seems “different” and can’t do anything right. Once he enters dragon training classes, he is given a book about all the known dragons in the land and their “stats”. Hiccup reads through the book and finds consistencies that they are all dangerous and should be killed, until he gets to the page about the Night Fury. Nobody has truly seen one and the best method is to hide from them and pray they don’t find you. However, Hiccup has found a Night Fury and even obtained a sketch of it.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: This clip works well in the nature of science because it can work well as a way to expose and dispel misconceptions. For example, all dragons were bad and the Night Fury was the worst that nobody had ever seen it. But Hiccup has seen one and is now questioning the common knowledge of the community. Also, it shows the fact that science is never “complete”, there may be a plethora of accepted knowledge about a subject, but nothing is ever complete, it is always changing with new data.
Suggestions to teachers:

i. Suggested questions for students to when viewing the clip:
1. Why is hiccup sitting by himself?
2. What is the book that the students have to read and why is it important for them to read it?
3. What is the overall consensus of the book saying?
4. What is the significance of not having any information of the Night Fury in the book and then Hiccup placing the sketch on the page?

ii. Suggested activity for students:
1. Have the students research a topic that interests them and come up with some misconceptions that they or other people may have concerning the topic. For example, many people believe that all GMO’s are bad/ evil, which would be a misconception based around the media coverage of it. However, the facts state that GMO’s can be greatly beneficial and no more dangerous than conventional or even organic farming.