On Wednesday, I collected the final drafts of your argumentative essays.
The rest of the week, we focused on science fiction. We actually began by looking at an intriguing bit of science fact consisting of mysterious radio signals received from space. Remember, the work of a science fiction author is to look at what we know about science and the universe and to speculate about what we don't know.
We began with a video introducing the topic:
Next, in groups, students read two articles on recent discoveries regarding these radio signals. The articles are located in the resources section of my website. After reading the articles, students wrote in response to the following questions:
What is an FRB?
What are the 2-3 most important things you learned about FRBs in the article that you read?
What do you think is the most reasonable explanation for FRBs?
Next, we began a piece of speculative science fiction writing on the topic of these radio signals. The prompt for the writing piece is also located in the resources section of my site. The completed writing piece is due next class.
On Friday, students shared their short science fiction writing pieces. Then, we listened to the infamous 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds. This broadcast caused mass panic when it first aired as many people thought that the United States had really been invaded by Martians.
Here is a link to the broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs0K4ApWl4g
While listening to the broadcast, students completed the response questions (attached below).
We will not be having onsite classes the next two weeks due to standardized testing.
Over these next two weeks, please finish reading the novel, The War of the Worlds. Then, complete two books projects for The War of the Worlds from the list attached below. Lastly, read and complete the response questions for the following news article: