Who hasn’t dreamed of hurtling through time, exploring the great mysteries of the ages and pondering the fate of future generations? H. G. Wells’ classic science-fiction novel The Time Machine gives wings to our dreams and lets us explore a seemingly plausible future in this highly enjoyable and accessible tale of adventure and science. Wells’ early science fiction novel offers so many learning opportunities: textual complexity, close reading and critical thinking opportunities, vocabulary acquisition, historical/cultural background knowledge, fodder for dynamic class discussion—all wrapped up in a timeless adventure story. When Common Core talks about “range of reading and text complexity,” this novel and study guide fit the bill perfectly.
This study guide provides middle and high school teachers everything they need to guide students through The Time Machine. The 48-page pdf file includes teaching strategies, resources, two different vocabulary exercises/assessments plus links to on-line flashcards, study guide, quizzes, writing assignments (argumentative and expository), and a rigorous and relevant 63-item comprehensive exam that requires critical thinking rather than just superficial recall of facts. Also included in this package is a 28-slide PowerPoint on Victorian Ideas (evolution, communism, and capitalism) that impart important background knowledge (and foster cross-curricular collaboration) for student understanding of Wells’ thesis. Answer keys included for everything except the study guide questions (which are open ended).
Challenge your students’ language arts skills, fire their imaginations, and feed their demands for great storytelling with H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine.
rigor and relevance
48 pages + 28 slide PowerPoint