This week, we continued with creative writing. Tuesday/Wednesday consisted of time to work on your short stories along with checks for completion.
The complete rough draft of your story is due next class. We will be having a formal peer critique, so please make sure your rough draft is ready to be reviewed.
On Thursday/Friday, we began our dip into the world of science fiction. We began with a Powerpoint on some of the dominant trends in the science fiction genre. We then had an in-class activity. If you were absent, please read below for instructions:
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. It was your job to develop a race of aliens.
For this assignment, you must complete a drawing on a blank 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
3. Level of intelligence
4. Location (may be fictional)
5. What kind of relationships do they have?
6. Society, culture, and customs
7. What is daily life like?
Bring this with you to our next class, and be ready to share them.
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.