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  • Overview

Fictional texts take reality and wrap it in extraordinary circumstances. Incorporating fictional text in all classes allows science teachers to encourage students to think "What if" or math teachers to discuss the probability of events or history teachers to critique the interpretation presented. Science fiction texts allow systemic thinkers to hyperbolize, question reality, and predict the impacts of current events. Allowing them to pick their own sci-fiction to read but building reading groups around key elements of the genre, students not only exercise systemic thinking skills, but they also build their capacity to drawn connections between similar texts.


  • CCSS Alignment (Fiction)  RL 8.1 – 8.9


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Reading Bookmarks



Great Science Fiction Novels



A Caricature; The Absurd; A Aarce; A Parody;  An Ironic Piece; Anecdotes; Banter; Catch Tale; Dark Comedy

Core Conflicts

Character against supernatural; Society against society

Common Themes

Philosophical critique of society; Ripple effect of decisions; Science gone wrong; The role of technology; “World Building”; The connection between systems; The connection between parts in the system; The difference between the sum of parts and the whole; The spread of ideas/disease

Typical Characters

Mad scientists; Mechanical men; Space cowboys ; Time travelers; Man-monsters; Man-eating aliens; Emotionless Scientist; Underdog; Human Hero; Sympathetic Alien

Plot Types

Hard & Soft Science Fiction; Apocalypse/ post-apocalypse; Alien Invasion/ Alien Contact; Alternate Universe; Steampunk,; Cyberpunk; Time Travel; Space Opera; Alternate futures; Slipstream


Objectives - Student will Create and/or Evaluate:



1. Visionary speculations about what might happen

2. Conflicts caused by extreme events/other societies

3. Conflict between humans & technology

4. Characters that struggle to survive/maintain their humanity

5. Believable scientists/aliens/space cowboys/robots

6. By researching the actual science referenced

7. Characters that deviated from society norms

8. Characters motivated by rebellion

9. A detailed futuristic/utopian world

10. Extreme events that began with real life events

11. Complicated problems by asking what-if

12. Using correct scientific terms

13. Metaphorical/symbolic scenes

14. Scenes that highlight the importance of human morality

15. Environments that change the characters

16. Ripple effects from character decisions

17. Balance between world/character development