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Science fiction or science fact unit

  1. 1. <ul><li>Title: Science Fiction Reading Enrichment Subject: Language Arts Grade: 6Topic: Science Fiction or Science Fact Time Frame: 1 week (5 class periods)Stage 1 - Desired ResultsUnderstandings: Real Science and Science Fiction are closely related.Some past science fiction is very close to what we are experiencing today.It's possible that current science fiction works could be a predictor or warning of what is to come.Science Fiction can inspire people to invent and create technology they have read about in novels.Essential Questions:What is Science Fiction?How is Science Fiction different from Fantasy and other genres that you have covered?Has science fiction accurately predicted how we currently live Is Science Fiction related to our future?What affects have science fiction had on technological advances?How can science fiction predict or even warn us of things to come?Can Science Fiction cause readers to change their current behaviors.Students will know...The elements of science fictionScience fiction and factual science are closely related.Authors of Science Fiction.How to Blog.How to respond to a Blog.Science fiction can be prophetic.Science fiction can make us re-examine our current behaviors.Students will be able to...Identify the characteristics of Science FictionIdentify various authors of science fiction and their work.Discuss the ramifications of science fiction and its impact on society.Write a science fiction short story.Be able to complete a Webquest.Blog and respond to blog entries.Stage 2 - Assessment EvidencePerformance Tasks:Students will participate in class discussions about their knowledge of science fiction and how elements of science fiction actually affect their everyday lives. Students will write a short science fiction story in journal form.Students will research science fiction writers of the last 100+ years.Students will complete a webquest that guide them through three activities designed to further their understanding of the science fiction genre.Students will complete and assignment focusing on Ray Bradbury's short story, "All Summer and a Day." The story is set in a science fiction environment, but the theme of the story is relevant to issues what students deal with daily.Books, Movies, TV, and Video Game Form.Planet Quest: Science Fiction or Science Fact Quiz.Webquest Rubric"All Summer and a Day" worksheet.</li></ul>Stage 3 - Learning PlanUnit OutlineDay 1Hook: Introduce the Science Fiction genre by going over the characteristics of Science Fiction via a Prezi. The students will complete a handout that will assess what they think Science Fiction is. Read "The Fun They Had" by Isaac Asminov. Once the story is read, I will ask the class what it is about this story that they think makes it Science Fiction? As a class, we will discuss classrooms of today and how 50 years ago, the classrooms they are in every day would be considered something out of a Science Fiction novel. Discuss what to expect for the rest of the week's lessons.Materials: "The Fun They Had" by Isaac Asminov, Science Fiction Assessment Handout, White board, laptop, Science Fiction Characteristics PreziTiming: 50 minutesProcedure1. Go over the characteristics of Science Fiction Prezi. 2. Ask class what science fiction media that have experienced, and have them complete an assessment handout.3. Read "The Fun They Had" by Isaac Asminov. Why would this story be considered Science Fiction, especially since it doesn't seem so out of the ordinary. Then tell them when the story was first published. 4. Discuss the classrooms of today and how they compare to classrooms of the past, and tie it back into the Asminov story.5. Briefly discuss what to expect for the rest of the week's lessons.AssessmentUse the information the students provide on the Science Fiction Assessment Handout to determine what they know about Science Fiction, and how I need to possibly adjust the lessons for the rest of the week.Day 2 & 3This unit will introduce students to the genre of Science Fiction as a way to encourage students to further expand their reading selections. Using the combination of a Webquest and Pathfinder on the second and third day, students will explore (research) science fiction writers and record their findings in a Word Document. They will also write their own science fiction story in blog format and respond to one of their classmate's blog entries as well. Materials: White board, Internet access (media center computer lab), Science Fiction or Science Fact Webquest, and the Angel Blog.Timing: (2) 50 minute class sessions.Procedure 1. After having the students locate the Science Fact or Science Fiction Webquest, go through the steps of the Webquest and what they are required to do via the Whiteboard.2. Answer any questions students may have throughout the two classes concerning the tasks they are required to complete.3. Anything they have not completed by the end of the third class will be assigned for homework.Assessment Field any questions students have as they make their way through the Webquest. Make sure students are on the right track by observing their individual progress throughout the class period. The Webquest rubric will be used to guide the students through their tasks and assess the tasks after they have been completed by the students.Day 4 Purpose and ObjectivesOn the fourth day, students will read the short story "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury. They will then complete a writing assignment that requires them pick out simple facts from the story, as well as writing in depth about the theme of the story and how it relates to their own experiences. They will get and understanding of how Science Fiction writers combine science fiction with realistic elements that provides readers with insight into human behaviors. Materials: Ray Bradbury's short story, "All Summer in a Day," "All Summer in a Day" Handout, pencils, and their journals. This will be a group assignment.Procedure1. Read to the class, "All Summer in a Day."2. Have the students get into their assigned pairs. 3. Handout the Form and have them re-read the story on their own, and have them answer all the questions on the handout.4. If time allows, we further discuss the theme of the short story and how it impacted them.Assessment As a class, we will go over their writing exercise. Day 5 On the fifth and final day, we will discuss current works of science fiction and what that might mean for our future.Materials: Rod Serling's Twilight Zones Graphic Novel: The Midnight Zone, The Hunger Games, Wrinkle in Time, The Giver, Little Brother, The Tripod Series, Z is for Zachariah, Life As We Knew It, and other works.Procedure1. Discuss what we learned this week. What makes Science Fiction, Science Fiction?2. Introduce them to modern science fiction novels that can be found in the LMMS Media Center.3. Discuss what problems related to science and technology that are currently being highlighted in today's science fiction novels. Should we be concerned? Could we eventually find ourselves living in some of the environments and situations being predicted by modern science fiction writers? 4. Ask if anyone plans to check out any of the books we've discussed this week.Resources<br />