Today we went to the computer lab and spent the entire class period working on our final presentations for our Literature Circles. They are due next Tuesday, November 29. Also, make sure that your packets are completely filled out.
Today we talked about archetypal characters in stories and finished the archetypal character assignment and turned it in. Also, we held discussion day 3 and discussed cyberpunk literature.
Today we talked about time travel science fiction and characterization and how characterization applies to tropes and archetypes. We started doing an archetype assignment in groups. Also, remember to read for discussion day #3 on Friday.
Today we discussed 90s Science Fiction in-depth and took notes. Also, we held discussion day #2. You will want to turn in your packet for discussion day #3 to get points and get the notes, too.
70s and 80s Science fiction, Discussion Day two, and your exquisite corpse--not a metaphor (november 10)
Today we discussed 70s and 80s Science Fiction and we finished the wrap around stories that we wrote on Halloween and created our exquisite corpse assignment. We created a monster based on the wrap-around story amongst three other people. Finally we turned in our packets for discussion day two, but didn't have our discussion. I postponed discussion day three until Friday of next week.
Today we discussed New Wave/Cold War Science Fiction and held discussion day #1. I checked Lit Circle packets and listened in on discussions. Remember that Thursday is Discussion Day #2.
Today we had the opportunity to hear from Nebula award-winner and local science fiction author Eric Stone talk about writing and science fiction. He passed out ideas for starting, writing, and finishing a story, as well as his background in science fiction and thoughts on the genre. It was awesome and you missed out. We will use the handouts that he brought to start writing our own stories the second half of this term. Also, we went to Dr. Strange after school for EC.
Today we talked about the Golden Era of Science Fiction. We also discussed our guest speaker for next time. For homework, you need to print, read, and annotate one of the stories below and come to class ready to discuss it.
Here are some of Eric's stories that are free online. You can choose whichever you want. The first one is 3900 words; the rest are all 1000 words or shorter.
Today we talked about the origins of science fiction and, in particular, discussed the influence of Frankenstein on the scifi world (since it was one of the first true scifi novels. Afterward, we created our own wrap-around story using elements from some of the books that we discussed. Next time, I hope to create a monster, too. Like Frankenstein.
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