Science Fiction is sometimes referred to as Speculative Fiction, as one of the main roles of a science fiction author is to speculate about how certain aspects of society and culture (technology, space travel, politics and government) might play out in the future.
In today's class, we did an in-class assignment based on this role of the science fiction author. The homework from last class was to read the first three chapters of The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. In today's class, it is your job to develop a race of aliens.
For this assignment, you must complete a drawing on a blank, plain piece of paper illustrating your alien race and labeling its various parts and their purposes. Then, you must write (in paragraphs) a full page that includes of following information:
1. Name of alien race
2. General demeanor / personality
4. Level of intelligence
5. Location (may be fictional)
6. What kind of relationships do they have?
7. Society, culture, and customs
8. What is daily life like?
Bring this with you to our next class, and be ready to share them. In addition, read the next two chapters of The Martian Chronicles.
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.