Posted by: waldropcv | June 4, 2010

Materials Review #1

1.  Name of Site:

2.  Link to Resources:

3.  Source:

  • Literary Terms for Science Fiction
  • Directions and Concepts in Science Fiction
  • Science Fiction Reading Guide
  • Discerning Differences in Tone

4.  Identify the teaching topic of the materials—be specific. Identify the population of the students (grade, course):

  • The students for this lesson would be in 9th-12th grade.  This lesson would identify common literary devices in science fiction and their thematic elements, and gives a brief history as to the development of science fiction as a genre.

5.  Give a brief description of how the materials would be used:

  • Using the Literary Terms for Science Fiction handout, students would define common terms and themes in science fiction works.
  • Using the Directions and Concepts in Science Fiction handout, students would become more familiar with the themes, attitudes, and concepts of prominent science fiction authors.
  • With the Science Fiction Reading Guide, students would read the four selected works (Chapters 3-5 of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, Ray Bradbury’s “A Sound of Thunder”, Arthur C. Clarke’s “If I Forget Thee, O Earth”, and Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron”)  and then answer the questions provided by the reading guide.
  • Students would then write a short essay on the differences in tone between these four authors using the Discerning Differences in Tone handout.

6.  Explain why you would use this material with your students. How will the material help your students learn the topic?

  • This would be used to open a science fiction unit.  This way, students would be able to use short readings and short stories to get them acquainted with the feel and style of science fiction and its writers.


  1. These resources seem like a great opening for a science fiction unit! I really like the compare/contrast essay activity. This will help students to really look out for different tones and aspects of writing that an author may or may not use.

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