Exploring Space Fact and Fiction Unit
Exploring Space Fiction
- Grade Level: Middle School, High School
- Subject Area: Language Arts and Science
Students will visit Websites
with information on space fiction and collect information for their stories
- Gather and use information for research purposes.
- Develop the skills to allow them to become independent inquirers about the natural world.
- Understand the place of the earth in the solar system.
Materials and Resources
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and the level of Internet access required to do the activity.
Special hardware requirements: None.
Special software requirements: None.
Internet access: A high-speed (greater than 1 MBPS via network) connection.
Have students read some samples of science fiction to familiarize
them with the genre.
- Engage students in a discussion of what makes something fictional. Extend this discussion to
what makes a literary work of science fiction. Where possible, have students draw distinctions
between elements of scientific fact and elements of scientific fiction. (Examples of this may include
the presence of computers or robots with capabilities not yet available. The factual element is that
computers exist, the fictional aspect is the capabilities ascribed to them in the story.)
- Allow students to visit the Websites on space fiction that are
listed below in our Internet Resources. While they visit the site, students should compile examples
of space fiction that they encounter.
An Inquirer's Guide to the Universe
The Franklin Institute's Exhibit that probes the fact and fiction of space and
- Space Science Fiction.
This is a set of Web resources provided at the
Franklin Institute's Exhibit
An Inquirer's Guide to the Universe. These resources are at a level appropriate
for most students.
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