EXPLORING FANTASY AND FUTURISTIC FICTION FINAL DRAFT Students in this class will venture into the world of literature focusing on fantasy, science fiction, and futuristic fiction to complete projects in collaborative
groups. Using technology for research virtual visits, author-Skyping, and exploring the craft of writing, students will read, discuss, research, and create as
they complete their projects and present to parents and peers. What is it? Literature in the genres of fantasy and science fiction are closely related. Fantasies are stories
that involve beings and events that do not exist in real life. These works may start on a realistic bent but they soon evolve into tales that could never really happen. Science
fiction literature focuses on real or imagined developments in science or technology. All science fiction and fantasy writers face a common challenge. They try to present
worlds that are radically and intriguingly different from today's world. The basic themes of science fiction include time travel, space travel, marvelous inventions, or
discoveries, life in other worlds, and the invasion of Earth by beings from other planets.
If an activity or resource is marked with a project or foldable, the links lead you to sites from which to choose an assignment: http://www.greenninja.org/workshop/TL-foldables!!!.pdf - http://pinterest.com/curriculumgal/foldables/ - http://pinterest.com/MsKris/foldableshttp://pinterest.com/alwayslearning/foldables-as-graphic-organizers - http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/
Italicized resources are additional reading strategies. Use the following for others: http://www.farr-integratingit.net/Theory/ReadingStrategies - http://hillview.mpcsd.org/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=178921&sessionid=4a15c498ec6ad00ee92647d96c71d878&sessionid=4a15c498ec6ad00ee92647d96c71d878 –
Essential Questions Resource numbers are listed from top to bottom on Resource Guide.
Futuristic (Science) Fiction and Fantasy
How does science-fiction and fantasy literature present and reflect on social and political issues?
What is the role of SFF in modern society?
The Genre Write two or three sentences describing what you think futuristic fiction and fantasy are.
Carousel - Divide into groups to discuss sentences. Each group uses a different color marker and butcher paper to write their definitions. Put posters on the wall, rotate to add or change and discuss what the previous group wrote. Use exit slips for formative assessment.
Watch In the Year 2525 -Respond to a prompt to imagine what 1960 was like when 2525 was written. Imagine how 2025 will be based on today.
Create a picture collage or storyboard depicting 2025.
Separate the genres to show understanding characteristics of each. Use the class definitions, make a list of examples of futuristic and fantasy fiction.
Discuss characteristics of the genre. Explain, "print" and "non print.” – Print materials - books, maps, journals, photos, newspapers etc. Non-print usually refers to electronic materials. PowerPoint’s, Wikis, Games and DVDs, as well as graphics such as pictures, comics, etc.
Groups read, recall, and discuss genre characteristics of Fantasy and Futuristic Fiction. Skim, Scan, Underline, and Highlight
Repeat for vocabulary and list characteristics of Fantasy along top of the first side of the SFA template. Identify and list the characteristics of futuristic fiction along the top of the back of the SFA.
Groups continue to add characteristics to the top of fantasy SFA. Analyze the matrix to gain a deeper understanding of the vocabulary. List stories and videos on the left side of the SFA.
Writing to Demonstrate Learning
Think Pair Share
Exit Slip RESOURCE 1
2025 YouTube video
Characteristics of the Genre RESOURCE 2
Fantasy Elements RESOURCE 3 Elements and History of Science Fiction RESOURCE 4
Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales Who was Hans Christian Andersen? What are some of his most well known stories? What are some typical characteristics and themes of Andersen's stories? How do we feel about Andersen's stories? Each other highlights different areas of Anderson’s life. What do you see as important to each of the authors?
PowerPoint Fantasy Elements Use RESOURCE 3 again to review
Read short story A Wrinkle in time – Author Study Madeleine L’Engle) Madeleine L’Engle
Find information on Madeleine L’Engle and write an expose’.
Cite textual evidence – Star and Bar (Sparknotes http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/wrinkle/context.html
http://www.enotes.com/authors/madeleine-l-engle Use AR writing rubric
Read, discuss, explore. Is time travel possible? Discuss challenges in early theories that time travel might be possible using a black hole.
Jigsaw, take notes, report out in groups. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/time/think.html
How essential is the setting to the story?
Could the story have taken place anywhere else?
What are the conflicts in A Wrinkle in Time?
What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional)?
How does Madeleine L'Engle reveal character in A Wrinkle in Time?
What are some themes in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters?
What are some symbols in A Wrinkle in Time?
Do you find the characters likable? Are the characters persons you would want to meet?
Story Map A Wrinkle in Time Excerpts
http://www.npr.org/books/titles/146158461/a-wrinkle-in-time-50th-anniversary-edition (Graphic) http://www.tor.com/stories/2012/09/a-wrinkle-in-time-the-graphic-novel-comic-excerpt http://www.sheilaomalley.com/?p=5134 http://www.scholastic.com/kids/homework/pdfs/A_Wrinkle_in_Time.pdf
Use the webquest guide to help you create Science Fiction. Tell what you learned about elements of a story, dimensions, space and our solar system vocabulary words
http://library.thinkquest.org/CR0213657/studyguide.htm Create the story - http://www.lifestreamcenter.net/DrB/Lessons/Wrinkle/StoryCraft_files/frame.htm
Read Raising Dragons -Jerdine Nolan
Evaluate / Authentic Questions Raising Dragons PDF Chart RESOURCE 18 http://www.serflo1.com/Raising%20Dragons.html OR Student copy RESOURCE 19
Unicorns dragons and magical creatures Dragons WebQuest
Research basic dragon facts.
Utilize links provided from dragon breeders.
Collaborate to write informative group essay that explains basic dragon care to a new, inexperienced owner of a baby dragon.
Summarize the steps taken in gathering your data. Tell how you analyzed your information and decided which findings were and were not important. Tell how your group worked together and what you learned. List strong points of group work as well as points to improve on. Write a small paragraph on using the WQ. List your likes and dislikes.
King Arthur at Britannia.comLegendsKing Arthur, a Man for all AgesKing Arthur and the Holy GrailThe Mystic Realm of King ArthurKing Arthur and the Knights of the Round TableKing Arthur at the Camelot ProjectKing Arthur PendragonAn Archaeological Quest for the "Real" Arthur
Students may choose to complete one FOLDABLE/GRAPHIC ORGANIZER per category, or put together one project that depicts the nine categories of information: Historical Arthur, Legendary Arthur. The Knights, The Land, The Structures, Other Characters, Arthurian Items, Books, Time Period and Map. Score with rubric.
Who was King Arthur and how did his legend evolve?
What were the ideals of the knights of the Round Table?
What makes someone a hero and/or a legend?
Power Notes http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/tales-king-arthur
These are interactive lessons that can be used for informational reading before or along with reading the stories.
Self-select two stories to read:
Discuss the purpose of a myth. How are these stories myths? What elements classify them as such?
Write about what makes them a myth.
What is the purpose of myth in our lives? How does myth help us see our culture and ourselves? Can myth become history?
http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2004/06/its-deja-vu-all-over-again-or-is-it.asp (Explore the links on the top bar)
http://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?aid=1433 Using the FOLDABLES, create a character pop-up of Neil Gaiman.
Read and Use The Graveyard Book Teacher Summary and Guides
http://www.shmoop.com/graveyard-book/ Google BookBrowse The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book Teacher Guide RESOURCE 23
Point to and Create other Literary Devices throughout the book
How do events in a person’s life shape who they become?
How can the metamorphosis of our life be affected by our reaction to events?
RL.7.1. RL.7.2. RL.7.4.
What is metamorphosis?
Read The Metamorphosis As a class, create an anchor chart of a science related definition to remind students as they read through the story. As a class, create a “metamorphosis” or evolution of the class in its knowledge of science fiction and fantasy. Create a class TimeToast timeline of events of the semester.
Highlight the Text
Character Sketch Generally read at higher grades, the content has a middle level interest; the reading level is grade appropriate. Our students’ understandings, awareness, and themes vary. Collaborate to develop appropriate middle level plans using CCSS.
For each chapter, use the strategies websites: