Science Fiction Short Story & Movie Analysis Supertoys + A.I. Google Drive & PDF

Laura Randazzo
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Grade Levels
8th - 11th, Homeschool
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12-page PDF + Google Drive versions of student handouts (uneditable)
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Laura Randazzo
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Description

Teach your students how to “read” a movie in just the same way that we closely read literature with this five-day lesson that begins with a study of Brian Aldiss’ short story, “Supertoys Last All Summer Long,” the inspiration for A.I. Artificial Intelligence, a 2001 film directed by Steven Spielberg.

After analyzing Aldiss’ futuristic tale of a robot boy who wants only the love of his human mother, share Spielberg’s compelling film with your students and guide their study of the movie with analytical questions designed to get them thinking deeply and connecting the material to their own lives.

Please note that Spielberg’s film is rated PG-13 and includes a lover-robot character named Gigolo Joe; there are a few sexually suggestive moments in the film, but there’s no nudity or sex scenes. As with all materials, you should preview the film before you show it to your class to ensure it’s appropriate for your students and community. Access to the film is not included in this download. Inexpensive copies of the film can be purchased via Amazon and other online retailers. Links to access to the Aldiss story at third-party websites are included.

Also, if you're not interested or able to share the A.I. movie with your classes, the short story materials also work as a 45-minute stand-alone lesson.

All student handouts are included in both PDF and Google Drive format.

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Cover image credit: Pixabay, Public domain

Total Pages
12-page PDF + Google Drive versions of student handouts (uneditable)
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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Standards

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Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating a command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

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