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The Egg by Andy Weir Modern Short Story + Media Analysis PDF & Google Drive CCSS

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9th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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4-page PDF + Google Drive version of question set (uneditable)
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Description

Looking for a short story from a modern writer that’ll get students reading and thinking? “The Egg,” a short story by The Martian author Andy Weir, will hook teens’ attention and hopefully inspire them to think deeply about how we treat each other.

Although not particularly religious, the story centers around a God figure talking to his supernatural child. The story includes a bit of science fiction and a bit of philosophy. It’s just under 1,000 words, a very short read.

In this 45-minute lesson, students will sharpen their analysis skills by digging into Weir’s text, identifying literary devices, and making modern connections to the enlightening tale.

This lesson includes:

• 1 page detailed lesson plan notes with online links to the short story and video supplement

• 1 page literary analysis handout featuring depth-of-knowledge questions that require students to analyze the text as well as make modern connections to Andy Weir’s story (a Google Drive version of this question set is included)

• 2 pages of a detailed answer key to help you easily grade students’ work and guide in-class discussion

If you want to make sure the story is a good match for your classes before purchasing these lesson materials, please access a copy of Weir’s story here on his website: http://www.galactanet.com/oneoff/theegg_mod.html

Want more sci fi short stories to hook your students’ attention? Check out my budget-priced two-week science fiction mini-unit: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Science-Fiction-Bundle-Sci-Fi-Short-Stories-Movie-Analysis-Sci-Fi-Fun-CCSS-1344416

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Cover image: Pixabay, Public domain

Total Pages
4-page PDF + Google Drive version of question set (uneditable)
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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Standards

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Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

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