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Science Fiction and Fantasy Class for High School.

flogger (524072) writes | more than 4 years ago

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flogger (524072) writes "I have been asked to help develop a literature course for Science Fiction and Fantasy literature. What do you, the slashdot crowd, consider to be appropriate selections of short stories and novels in these genres for high school students of all ability levels? I'd also like to know why you choose certain selections. This class will be "regular" class and not a class for "flunkies" to earn a credit by sitting docile and listening to lectures. The following is a course description that I have been given as a guideline. This description can change. Any ideas?
Course description:
"In this Junior/Senior level course, students will focus on the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Students will survey the histories of these genres and recognize how world events have been reflected onto other worlds. From the early formation of the genre, with Verne, and the classics of Clarke, Tolkien, Bradbury, and LeGuin, to the contemporary works of Card, Jordan, and Vinge, the genres have been about portraying humanity in possible scenarios. These works have mirrored events throughout the troubled situations of our history and provided optimistic outcomes and horrifying predictions. Through this course, students will utilize analytical skills and reading strategies to evaluate our current situation and project into the literature of different worlds while sharing and learning of an author's insight. Possible areas of interest will be topics of the environment, energy conservation, war, social issues, and others. ""

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A few requisits (1)

Alanbly (1433229) | more than 4 years ago | (#29647405)

You've already mentioned some of the most important (Verne, Tolkien, Clarke, Card) so I won't mention them even though They'd be among my top choices. The pieces I'd add would be:
  • Dune (Frank Herbert) - Herbert's works inspired the modern genre. These books aren't "Sci Fi" just to sell copies, they're literature in the true sense of the word.
  • The Dark Tower (Stephen King) - Again, great writing in the Sci Fi genre and doesn't flinch from its story.
  • The Chronicals of Amber (Roger Zelazny) - A bit more obscure than some other choices, so the students probably haven't read them. Well-written for the most part and they have an interesting context having been published as serial novels.
  • Slaughterhouse Five (Kurt Vonnegut) - Since you specifically mention war and social issues, this is a good piece. Most students will have to read it at some point though, so it may not fir the bill
  • Ringworld (Larry Niven) - A classic set of novels from which a lot of modern stories are taken.

Re:A few requisits (1)

flogger (524072) | more than 4 years ago | (#29648233)

Thank you for the choices. Slaughterhouse Five is something we discussed, but is going to be used for a different class.
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