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All Summer In a Day- Intro to Science Fiction - 6th Grade

6th Grade Sci-Fi Intro - All Summer In A Day

Dana Hoover

on 4 July 2014

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Transcript of All Summer In a Day- Intro to Science Fiction - 6th Grade

All Summer In A Day - Introduction to Sci-Fi
"All Summer In A Day"
A group of school children migrate to Venus at four years old, except Margot who migrated two years later than them.
The children feel jealous that she saw the sun and remembers its characteristics.
They don't believe her when she describes the sun.
Weather On Venus:
It rains all day, every day, for years and years on Venus.

The main conflict is between Margot and her classmates on planet Venus. Her classmates resent her because they know that she was on Earth for a longer time than they were; therefore, she can remember what sun's characters better than they can.
The climax of the story is when her classmates become so frustrated and jealous of Margot's ability to recollect memories of the sun that they attack and lock her in a closet. They leave her in there so that she misses the emergence of the sun.
"All Summer in a Day"
Margot+Sun memories=
Classmates' resentment
This story features people from Earth who have colonized another planet, Venus. Why did they need to do this? Why didn't they stay on Earth? Did anything happen to Earth? AND....how realistic is this situation?

You may be surprised to learn that this "story situation" is actually one that NASA takes seriously. Let's take look at NASA's Project- Biosphere 2.
Fiction = text that's not true
Nonfiction = text that's true
Number your paper 1-6.Take a good look at each video clip and determine what genre it belongs to.
Every genre has certain characteristics that make it what it is.
Our Focus Will Be : Science Fiction Genre
Characteristics / Key Elements:
-Combination of real + fantastic details
Must contain / be grounded in science
-Often set in future
-May contain unknown inventions that could occur in the future
-involves partially true laws of science
-involves technology
future, space, different world, different universe
-Characters: Beings from other worlds, supernatural, aliens, robots etc.
Can you imagine what life on earth will be like 1,000, 1 million years from today? Will people still look like people? Will we walk and talk as we do now? Will we use our thoughts to transport us to places? Will we eat food? Will we get our food from a different source...like plants do from the sun?

What do you think?

All of those ideas are ideas that
science fiction writers consider when they write their tales. It's imaginative writing with a scientific base. They write about ideas that could happen. For example:
space travel
alien beings
scientific experiments
future society
Some common machines and tools that we are using today like airplanes and cell phones were first described in science fiction stories looooooooong ago, before they were even real inventions!

So what is the PURPOSE of science fiction?
-Think PIE- In sci-fi writing, it can be all of these!
-It often makes a serious comment about the world in which we live in and the direction the world is going.
-Sometimes the ideas come true, so there will be lots of predictions.
-THEME- won't be directly stated. You'll have to figure it out using what's given you.

Common Topics That Will Become Themes in Sci-Fiction:
-the dangers of technology
-how a future world will be if people
continue on their current path
-people and: time travel, other worlds, alien beings
Remember....these will be ideas. They will be s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d in order to become a theme. (bumper sticker)
Lots of Foreshadowing Used In Sci-Fi
Let's Review Foreshadowing!

A. Definition
B. Why Do Writers Use It?
C. Kinds of Foreshadowing?
In every story, there is a conflict. There may be one or a series of conflicts. This is no different in science fiction. It may be an internal conflict- one that takes place inside a character (doubt, fear, self-esteem etc.) Or it may be an external conflict. Something outside of the character giving him/her trouble.
So, let's take another look at the science
fiction video clip we saw earlier.
Based on this Clip:
-Possible Theme?
-What characteristics of the genre do you see at work?
Science Fiction Genre Recap:
Biosphere 2 Project
Project's Goal: ....We are using
up so much of Earth's resources that aren't renewable, so we must learn how to sustain life on our own planet. We need to study climate change and all things EARTH, so that we can continue to live on this planet. (so that the planet can continue to live!) This structure was built to mimic what we have on Earth and to run experiments.
Many people believe that the Biosphere is the first step in colonizing other planets. If man can
create and sustain biospheres on Earth, like those in the Biosphere 2, can we do it on other planets?
Colonizing Other Planets:
SO, Could the Goals Be:
1: We learn as much as we can about Earth so we know how to sustain it.
2: We learn how to create man-made biospheres, and sustain them, so we can create them on other planets.
And my goodness, could we possibly colonize other planets? Does it sound crazy to you? Think about the world a long time ago when people believed it to be flat. If someone told them THEN what we NOW know about the world, would they have thought it to be crazy, too?

What's your opinion:
1. Do you think we will ever colonize other planets?
2. Do you think colonizing planets is a good or bad thing?
3. If we want to colonize planets, what are some of the steps we'd have to take now? (And...are those steps currently being taken by our government?)
Take a look at this video: REAL or BOGUS?
Is this guy onto something or is he crazy??

AND....if he is crazy, are there other things going on like this that we don't know about?
Here are 5 things we need to think
about if we are to colonize other
How would you feel to live in
an area such as this?

So, how do you think the kids
on Venus feel? What consequences
would this weather have on their daily lives?
1. Find out how this story fits into the sci-fi
genre. (look for characteristics)
2. Identify the theme.
3. Discuss character motivation.
Let's spend 2 minutes with Ray.
He is one of the MOST FAMOUS sci-fi writers.
1. With your group, come up with the theme. Make sure you have textual evidence to support the theme you've chosen.
Let's Focus on the Characters:
1. Margot :
a. Trait / Textual Evidence
b. What motivated her?

2. William:
a. Trait / Textual Evidence
b. What motivated him?
Elements / Characteristics of Science Fiction:
Does this story fit the science
fiction mold?? Let's watch a quick recap of sci-fi elements, and then work on answering this question (citing textual evidence) with your group.
Let's Watch It!!!
Be ready to compare / contrast text with
film version.
This marks the end of this Prezi.
You are going to receive a mini-book template. Your writing team must come choose a theme inspired by "All Summer In a Day" and create your own story that also has the same theme. Make sure you review how many pages you have to write on, so you can adjust your story. It should contain pictures as well!

Teacher- Distribute Mini-Book Template.
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