This presents ten word searches and their answer keys that concern science fiction literature. Mainstream academic recognition of the genre in American literature dates from at least the 1960s. Western classics masterfully presented by H.G. Wells and Jules Verne starting in the 1800s but with roots possibly as far back as one of the oldest known works of literature, the Gilgamesh epic. Today sci-fi is important to not only the literature of English-speaking lands but also increasingly so in China, Japan, Argentina, Africa etc.
Covered for example are definitions and history of sci-fi, many of its greatest novelists (Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Eric Frank Russell; women and or feminist writers such as Andre Norton, Mary Shelly, Margaret Cavendish); Chinese writers; pioneer Donald A. Wollheim who started and kept sci-fi and fantansy genres going in the U.S., plot sketches for some novels and related TV and film productions (The Day The Earth Stood Still, Star Trek, Star Wars, Juraissic Park, etc).
It is recommended that teachers consider using this resource along with some audio-visuals such as are videotape trailers on youtube.com. Doing so would help for example to fulfill the Common Core State Standards requirement relevant to literature as tied in with visuals, and, if your state does not go by the CCSS, then its own similar ELA or literature stardards.
There is also some public domain graphics or clip art for sci-fi classroom theme setting, bulletin board or hanging mobile art projects,etc.
You’ll love it seeing your students loving doing these word search activities as busily learning as bees eagerly engaged at feeding on nectar. You win, they win, we all win, and learn by a little fun blended with the work.