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UNIT 5: SCIENCE OR FICTION?

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What makes science fiction believable?


LITERARY TEXTS--

ANTHOLOGIES:

  • Prentice Hall Penguin Series Grade 7

  • Prentice Hall Writing and Grammar

NOVELS:

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (E)

  • Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  • Dune by Frank Herbert

  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

  • Eva by Peter Dickinson

  • Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge

  • George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt by Lucy and Stephen Hawking

  • George’s Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking

  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne

  • My Favorite Science Fiction Story by Martin H. Greenberg

  • The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

  • The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells

  • The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

SHORT STORIES:

INFORMATIONAL TEXTS--

NONFICTION:

  • "Elementary Particles" from the New Book of Popular Science (E)

  • "Space Probe" from Astronomy & Space: From the Big Bang to the Big Crunch by Phillis Engelbert (E)
  • Stars & Planets by Carole Stott
  • Summer Stargazing: A Practical Guide for Recreational Astronomers (Terence Dickinson

  • The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence M. Krauss (advanced)

  • "Life Without Gravity" by Robert Zimmerman (Prentice Hall, pg. 372)

  • "The Eternal Frontier" by Louis L’Amour (Prentice Hall, pg. 338)

BIOGRAPHIES:

  • Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone

  • Beyond Jupiter: The Story of Planetary Astronomer Heidi Hammel (Women’s Adventures in Science Series) by Fred Bortz

  • Robo World: The Story of Robot Designer Cynthia Breazeal (Women’s Adventures in Science Series) by Jordan D. Brown

  • Stephen Hawking: Cosmologist Who Gets a Big Bang Out of the Universe by Mike Venezia

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES--

ART, MUSIC, AND MEDIA--

MEDIA:

  • A Wrinkle in Time (audiobook CD) by Madeleine L'Engle

  • War of the Worlds (radio broadcast The Mercury Theater on Air, October 30, 1938) by Orson Wells

MUSIC:

FUNDAMENTALS--

WRITING:

GRAMMAR AND USAGE:

  • Nothing new this unit.


MECHANICS:

  • Nothing new this unit.


TERMINOLOGY:

  • Common settings for science fiction: in the future, alternate timelines, in outer space.

  • Common themes for science fiction: time travel, alternate histories/societies, body and mind alterations.

  • Fantasy versus science fiction.





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