Lesson: 3: Science Fiction

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to identify the characteristics of science fiction.

Lesson Plan

(I)      will explain that science fiction is a subgenre of fantasy. The defining characteristic of science fiction is the setting of the story. Science fiction stories are almost always set elsewhere than Earth or in the future. I will give examples of science fiction shows such as “Star Trek,” “Star Wars,” or “Futurama” and explain the characteristics of each show that tell me they are science fiction. For example, the story in “Star Wars” takes place in a galaxy far away, not on Earth. In “Star Trek,” the stories usually take place in space and very far in the future. Because these stories do not take place on Earth today or in the past and are not realistic in today’s world, they are science fiction.   
 
(We)       will read Commander Toad and the Intergalactic Spy by Jane Yolen (any book in this series would work for this lesson) and identify the setting on pages 78. We will discuss how the setting makes this book a science fiction story. We will identify other aspects of the setting and characteristics of science fiction in the rest of the book. Note - This book is long, so you may choose to read the beginning only. 
 
(You)       will choose a science fiction book and identify the characteristics that allow you to categorize the book as science fiction. 


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