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Exploring Science Fiction

6th Grade LAL Science Fiction Unit
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Kerry Hopkins

on 24 October 2013

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Exploring Science Fiction
What is science fiction?
How many of you already read or watch science fiction?
Science fiction: an imaginary look at how science and technology could change people’s lives in surprising ways.
Science fiction has a relationship with the principles of science—these stories involve partially true-partially fictitious laws or theories of science.
Science fiction texts also include a human element,
explaining what effect new discoveries,
happenings, and scientific developments
will have on us in the future.

Science Fiction vs. Fantasy
Science Fiction vs. Realistic Fiction
Your Turn:
Can you identify these video clips as science fiction, realistic fiction, or fantasy?
Using your whiteboard and a dry erase marker, you will record your guess after each video clip.
Let's see how many people can guess them all correctly!
Science Fiction Authors
We will be reading stories by three different science fiction authors during this unit.
Ray Bradbury
Isaac Asimov
Alma Luz Villanueva
Can any class experts mention more authors?
Setting in Science Fiction
Science fiction is usually set in the future and often includes technology that doesn't exist today.
In futuristic settings, imagined technological advances are often an important part of the landscape.
Science fiction texts are often set in the future, in space, on a different world, or in a different universe or dimension.

"I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them."

1920-1992
Born in Russia; came to US when he was three years old
"Writing machine." Wrote or edited more than 470 books
Received an advanced science degree and served as a professor of biochemistry before becoming a full-time writer at 38

"Writing takes all your courage..."

Born in 1944
Mexican-American writer known for poetry and prose
Writing is mostly based on childhood experiences
Often wrote about the role women play in passing along tradition and the importance of our environment
"I don't need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me."
Born in 1920
Wrote about 1,000 words a day by the time he entered high school
Wrote and illustrated his own magazines
Although he writes about future technology and space travel, he is old fashioned; he never learned to drive a car.
Science fiction has its groundings in science and is possible, whereas fantasy has no grounding in reality, and so is not possible.

Fantasy involves things that do not exist in real life. On the other hand, science fiction is almost related to real things, and based on technology and science.

Unlike science fiction, fantasy uses more supernatural forms and magic in its plot or theme.

Though the plots or themes in science fiction can be contrary to reality, these stories are based on some rational which is absent in fantasy.

Characters in realistic fiction are modern people.

Realistic fiction accurately reflects life as it could be lived today.

Everything in a realistic fiction story could happen to real people living in our natural physical world.

In realistic fiction, modern problems are solved through normal human abilities.
Stephen King
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Orson Scott Card
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