- "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." What does this mean?
- How does fear affect the decisions you make?
- What fears might be called "universal"; shared by most almost all humans?
- Do you think life exists on other planets in our universe? What makes you think so? Might this life be friendly or hostile?
- If you wanted to take over a town--without killing anyone--how might you weaken the people enough to overcome their resistance?
- What's a scapegoat?
We then had a class discussion on student responses to these questions. After the discussion, we began watching "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street." Here is a link to the video:
- What do the people of Maple Street think the UFO is at first?
- Who gets them thinking it might be something else?
- What is ironic about Charlie's statement about going back to the "dark ages"? (What he meant versus another meaning we could get from his statement.)
- If you were there, what might you have done?
- Why do the people of Maple Street turn into an angry and suspicious mob?
- How do the events of the play prove the narrator’s statement, “The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosives and fallout”?
- Who are the real monsters in this play? Why?
- What is the main conflict of “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street”?
- What warning should readers take away from this episode?
- Can you think of an example of a situation (from history) similar to what happened on Maple Street?
We spent the remainder of the period discussing student responses to these questions and related issues.
For homework: Read the next 30 pages of The Martian Chronicles, and begin compiling a vocabulary list of ten words you come across in your reading that were previously unfamiliar to you. For each word, write a definition and a sentence using the word. I have attached a blank vocabulary sheet below. The vocabulary list will be due when you get back from your two weeks of no onsite classes.