This week (week 8) our new High School Reading Essentials course is reading A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury and starting their third class novel, which is also a Science Fiction read, The Eye of Minds by James Dames Dashner. Science Fiction is my favorite genre to read so I take extra glee in "geeking out" this week!
(Last week we read Thank You Ma'am by Langston Hughes. The previous weeks were focused on each style of nonfiction text structure and corresponding writing. The Sound of Thuder also does a very nice job of bringing back cause and effect text structure in a fictional context.)
I created elements of a science fiction posters for class. Kids can put post-it notes up when they read an example of each element. (They are a little cute for High School, but I sometimes think High School could use a little color on the walls.)
The breakdown of this course is as follows:
30 minutes literature reading with thinking marks and discussion
15 minutes root or grammar study
40 minutes text structure and applied writing
Here are additional focus areas we will address as we read this short story:
(Anchor chart below)
Happy Science Fiction week!