Science Fiction Literature

Senior Elective 2012 - 2013


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‘Gradual Release of Responsibility’ (code for) ‘How you will gain independence in this course’ :


Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

28

Introductions

pre-writing for letter

29

Course Materials

rough draft of letter

30

Metacognitive letter due

Creative writing

31

Course documents

What is Science Fiction?

1 FEBRUARY

In-Class Writing #1

4

iPad scavenger hunt

collected works

Short Story Intro - topics & themes

5

Time Travel

‘The Sound of Thunder’

6

Aliens / Alien Worlds

‘The Third Expedition’

7

Technology 

‘The Pedestrian’

8

Robots / AI

‘Speedy’

or

‘Robbie’

11

Transformations 

12

EdCafe #1

13 - ½ day

Idea Development

14

Outline / Quotes

15

Rough Drafting

18

19

February

20

21

Vacation!

22

25

Paper #1 due

Intro to 3 books

26

Paper #1 due

Choose one of three books

Reading Day

27  

Reading Day

28

1 MARCH

4

Reading Schedule

Reading / Writing

5

6 - ½ day

7

Note Check

8

EdCafe #1

11

Reading / Writing

12

EdCafe #2

13

Note Check

14

EdCafe #3

15

18

Book done & Notes Due

highlight notes

idea development

19

Outline

20

Rough Draft due at end of period

     - print out 3 copies

21

Rough Draft conferencing

22

Publish paper

25

Choice Sci Fi  

Proposal Paragraph

26

27

28

29

No School

1 APRIL

2

3

4

5 - Term Ends

8

9

10

11

12  - Report Cards

book notes due

15

16

April 

17

18

Vacation 

19

22

outline & rough draft due

23

revising

24

final draft due

25

pearltrees due

26

FOYER FAIR

29

Start own science fiction

30

1 MAY

computer lab

correspondence #1

2

computer lab

3

6

7

correspondence #2

8

9

correspondence #3

10

13

correspondence #4

14

15

correspondence #5

16

17

20

Final Project DUE

21

Final Project DUE

22

Review for Final

23

Review for Final

24

Senior Finals

27

Memorial Day

28

Senior Finals

(Read)

29

Senior Finals

(Read)

30

G PERIOD FINAL EXAM DAY

31

Class Day!


Major Writing Assignments & Projects


TERM 2  

Introductory Letter

        Welcome to class! Read my introductory letter and write one in response. Use mine as a model for format.

In-Class Writing #1 - What is Science Fiction Literature?

Using the notes and handouts provided in class and to complete the following three-paragraph assignment:  

Paragraph one (informative): what is science fiction?

Paragraph two (explanatory): what kind of science fiction most interests you and why?

Paragraph three (argumentative): why should people read / watch science fiction?

Paper #1 - What’s the point?

Using two/three short stories that we have read, construct an argument answering the following question:

● What does an author communicate about people or society in their science fiction story?

        Requirements: 3-4 pages, typed, double spaced, intro/evolution of an argument/conclusion

        Associated Process: annotated stories, 5pgs notes, idea development, thesis development, outline, rough draft, on time

                DUE February 26-27

                

Paper #2 - Who’s the point?

After reading Ender’s Game, Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, iRobot, or The Martian Chronicles, choose one of the following prompts:

Requirements: 3-4 pages, typed, double spaced, full ‘process’

        DUE March 15

Term 1 Project - Essential Question Book Trailer

Based on the main text you’ve chosen, articulate the main question that the book book asks and trace it through both quotations and connections to our real world.

        DUE March 21

TERM 4

1) Read a science fiction text (or two, if they are both short books).

I love giving recommendations, but you should also look at GoodReads / Amazon recs, ask other teachers, friends, family, etc. This text should align with the type of science fiction text you’ve found yourself interested in and perhaps might write.

        - persuasive paragraph explaining why you want to read this book (15pts)

        - a reading schedule you create and accurately maintain (25pts)

        - 15-20pgs notes (50pts)

        - bi-weekly correspondence with Ms. Kennett (50pts)

        - ‘foyer fair’ presentation (100pts)

        - a ‘pearltree’ with 5 quality sources / annotated bibliography with 5 quality sources (100pts)

        - process for final paper (100pts) (due December 11)

        - final analytical paper (100pts) (due December 11)

                Paper Due April 24

                Pearltrees Due April 25

                Foyer Fair April 26

                

2) Create Your Own Science Fiction World

Now that you’ve read and thought about multiple different science fiction texts, it’s time to create your own! As an author / artist, you’ll be communicating a powerful and intelligent message through the medium of your choice - how will you use this opportunity to creatively provoke people to question and re-think the world around them?  

- self-determined process that you approve with Ms. Kennett (100pts)

        - final product (100pts)

        - presentation / publication of final product (100pts)

        - metacognitive reflecting on author’s intentions, craft, and attention to detail (50pts)

        Final science fiction due the week of May 20-21


Honors Credit

        Taking this course for credit entails not only additional work, but increased sophistication and independence in your assignments.

        - paper #1: increased sophistication and incorporating three texts into your paper

        - paper #2: incorporating an outside source into your writing

        - final project: increased independence and sophisticated product