Thursday, 2 January 2014

Sci-fi In Education


Happy New Year and best wishes to everyone for 2014!

When I was teaching full time, I sometimes had the opportunity to inject my enthusiasm for science fiction into my teaching, particularly with sci-fi films and novels, as well as with short story writing. I have offered quite a few of my resources on-line through a couple of online stores. For those who are Language Arts, English and home school teachers and are looking for materials related to the sci-fi genre, you might find the following resources useful. They are suitable for years 7 – 11.



Satire, Parody and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy



A 25 slide PowerPoint presentation dealing with the topic of Satire / Parody. The film version of “A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy” forms the basis of this unit.
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Superheroes




A PowerPoint presentation on the topic Superheroes, with the PG film "Fantastic Four" as it area of focus.
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Short Story Writing: sci-fi / future worlds





An activity in which students are asked to create a future world scenario and think about how individuals, their society, culture, relationships might be shaped and changed.
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"Batman: The Dark Knight": Film as Text





A Film as Text unit of work on the film “Batman: The Dark Knight.”
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“I, Robot”: Film As Text





An eleven page 'film as text' Word document focussing on the film, "I, Robot."
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Stay tuned for the next posting and the first classic sci-fi film offering for 2014, “Riders to the Stars” (1954)