Subject: Science Fiction Novels
1. Topic-
Reading and Interpreting the genre of Science Fiction and to connect the story and characters with that genre.
2. Content-
Science Fiction
What defines a novel in broad terms
What makes a science fiction novel different than classic novels and stories
Specific Novel : Dawn by
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.Breakdown main character Lilith lyapo
2.A better understanding of what the story is trying to get across to the reader
3.For the students to relate to the text and make connections to the story and genre with familiar science fiction like movies and TV.
4. Objectives-
1.Lead a discussion after the first reading of the novel to get general opinions from the students and see how interested they are.
2.Designate one day to characterization and development within the story
5. Materials and Aids-
The book, Dawn by Octavia Butler.
Show clips from different science fiction movies that were out during the year the book was published to make a visual connection with the story and genre.
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1.What is Science Fiction? Is it just aliens and outer space or something more?
2.The author and involvement in the genre of Science Fiction
3.The Awakenings; introduced in the beginning of the novel

B. Development-

The story seems to start in the middle, instead of in the beginning of something. She awakens not for the first time and seems to be reborn.

C. Practice-

1.Hand out a reading quiz. Testing the knowledge of the first part of the book "womb".
2.Collect and go over answers that lead into a discussion of the main character and the plot that is introduced in the first part.
3.Get into a circle and have an open discussion with the students about anything pertaining to the book and the theme.
4. Get into groups and recreate a scene of the book and have the students put it into modern times and have them use real people they are familiar with i.e. who they would cast in a movie or TV show to play the characters.

D. Independent Practice-

1.Give a reading quiz to check the progress of the reading that is being done by the students individually.
2.Have participation points for joining in on discussions being lead by the teacher.
3.Have the students prepare their own discussion questions and their answers for the readings and introduce them during class to start the discussion that day.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1.Watch a video/documentary on the world of Science Fiction and how its related to pop culture.
2.Give them broad questions to think about for the next day to continue into the next part of the book and more discussion of characters and the world in the book.

F. Checking for understanding-

1.At the end of the week when the novel is finished, prepare a test to see how the students comprehended the readings and discussions that took place while in class; including an essay asking them to take a look at Lilith's character and how it either is a positive or negative for er throughout the story (being curious, wanting memories, etc.)
2.I will also have the students write a short one page response half way through the book about what they think of the mechanics of the novel like the dialogue and diction.

G. Closure-

Why this novel is in the genre of Science Fiction and what we can conclude from the ending and how the book progressed to it.
7. Evaluation-
1.Judging on how involved the students are in discussions and their interest in what they are reading.
2.Also their performance on reading quizzes and group work, along with the test to see if they fully understand the topics and have participated in reading the book and taking in the information given in class.

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