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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Finding the Science Behind Science Fiction through Paired Readings
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Six 50-minute sessions|
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The Comparison and Contrast Guide outlines the characteristics of the genre and provides direct instruction on the methods of organizing, gathering ideas, and writing comparison and contrast essays.
- Science Fiction Projects
- Definition of Science Fiction
- Questions to Consider While Reading Science Fiction
- Science Fiction Reflection Questions
- Researching the Science in Science Fiction
- Analyzing Literature
- Students should have a working definition of science fiction. Wikipedia provides additional information about science fiction.
- Compile text sets with science fiction and nonfiction texts from the booklist. Decide whether the students will be reading novels independently, as a read aloud, or in literature circles. This lesson relies on students having choices for fictional materials, but it can easily be implemented using one text as a read aloud.
- Make copies of the Questions to Consider While Reading Science Fiction, Researching the Science in Science Fiction data collection sheet, and Science Fiction Projects.
- Test the Venn Diagram on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.