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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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