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A Theme-based Online Curriculum for the Teaching of Science Fiction
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This article presents a theme-based curriculum for the teaching SF literature. Sets of 15 stories each, six in all, match the number of weeks in the North American semester system. Selection criteria include theme, awards won or nominated for, and critical recognition. Curricular material is taken from 80 years of published SF, presenting the genre through accessible stories that nullify the requirement for prior knowledge of SF literature. A third of the stories were adapted for the screen, which provides the opportunity to lure students by referring to media they know well, also to demonstrate the greater depth associated with the written story.
They may respond in writing or by drawing a picture. We share their ideas in the classroom. I then give them this definition: Science fiction is an imaginary story that usually could not occur in the present time. It deals with what scientific and technological advances might make possible in the future, without the use of magic. There are two general approaches:.