Today we began our science fiction unit in English class.
We started with a quickwrite assignment. The prompt was as follows:
1. What do you think it would be like to travel into space? Would you ever want to go? Why or why not?
2. Do you think humans should eventually colonize other planets? Why or why not?
Next, we watched a short video on the upcoming privately funded Mars mission, Mars One. After watching the video, we discussed the ethics, viability, and purposes of this mission.
Then, we watched a film adaption of a Ray Bradbury speculative science fiction story published in 1950 to compare '50s fiction with today's possible reality.
I handed out some questions to accompany the film. The questions on the front side were to be completed during the viewing. The questions on the back side were to be completed afterwards. They are attached below. I collected this assignment and then handed out our new class novel, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.
For homework, please read up to page 40 in the novel.
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.