This unit is an exploration of a number of classic science fiction short stories by noted authors such as Stephen Vincent Benet, Ray Bradbury, Joan Aiken, and Kurt Vonnegut. It is supplemented with related expository reading by Marie Winn, poetry, and song-lyrics.
The unit was designed with three main teaching goals in mind. First, the main focus of the unit is the teaching/re-teaching of story structure. Students will master the concepts of exposition in a story, inciting incidents, rising action, climax, and resolution. Students will also analyze a number to types of conflicts that can occur within a story, and determine a particular work’s message or theme.
Secondly, students will begin to practice synthesis between works and styles of literature. The reading selections are grouped by theme and students are asked to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of writing situations.
Finally, this unit serves as a comprehensive exploration of the science fiction genre; exploring its origins, significant writer contributions, and its place in our world (including technological inspiration, reflection of culture, and calls for societal change).
This unit follows the CSU format for Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) modules and includes activities for unit background, previewing, predicting, vocabulary development, annotation, synthesis, and writing tasks. It is CCSS compliant and also satisfies state requirements for Common Core ELD Standards. It takes about six weeks of instructional time.
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Science Fiction Short Story Complete Unit
by Teresa N. Davis
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