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Paying Attention to Technology: Exploring a Fictional Technology

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Paying Attention to Technology: Exploring a Fictional Technology

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






Novel, short story, video game, film, or other resource that examines issues related to science and technology and their possible effects on society (see booklist)

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Literary Elements Map

Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Inquiry & Analysis

Literary Elements Map

Students can map out the key literary elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution as prewriting for their own fiction or as analysis of a text by another author in this secondary-level interactive.


Letter Generator

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.


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  • Choose the resource that your students will explore from the booklist or another resource. You might invite students to brainstorm a list of items they are aware of that would fit the criteria as well. There are numerous television episodes, films, and video games that could work for this activity. Be sure to brainstorm any list with your students after you have completed the survey.

  • Make copies of the Technology Survey—one copy for each student in Session One and one copy for each group in Session Three.

  • If desired, make an overhead of the Technology Survey to tally class responses on. Alternately, you can tally the results on the board or on chart paper.

  • If you prefer to arrange a more private response to the survey, you can distribute the sheet and have it returned before the discussion session so that you can tally the responses without asking students to reveal their answers to the entire class. If you choose this option, return the completed surveys to students before the first session so that they can check the class responses against their own original response.

  • If you plan on formal assessment of the letters that students write, make copies of the Taking a Position on a Fictional Technology Rubric.

  • Test the Literary Elements Map and Letter Generator 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.

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