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Finding the Science Behind Science Fiction through Paired Readings

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Finding the Science Behind Science Fiction through Paired Readings

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


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March 02, 2017

I don't quite understand the prompt for the persuasive paper (Select an action or decision in the plot and write a persuasive paper that explains how things could have been handled differently). Does this ask the student to reimagine a different choice by the author or the character(s)? It seems presumptuous to rewrite the story. On the other hand, why would a student want to change what a character does? What is the motivation to pursue this prompt? Thank you for clarifying.


Sarah Rae

August 01, 2016

I am wondering if you have any specific stories to recommend or expert resources on analyzing the science in certain stories. It would be helpful in choosing which stories to assign (and if I even decide to choose for them, or not). Thanks!



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