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Science Fiction: Skills, Chills and Thrills it Offers Our Kids
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Meryl Jaffe
May 2011
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Meryl Jaffe
May 2011

http://youtu.be/G5MHNvOVl8Y I discovered science fiction in my teens, but it was as a parent and teacher that I realized how rich this genre is in creative opportunities. Science fiction reflects scientific thinking of the time period in which it is/was written, and has proven a rich springboard for future research.  

 

As science fiction weaves story lines with real or imagined innovations in science and/or technology, it comments and explores the consequences of such innovations.  It is an exercise in alternative possibilities. Science fiction presents options, possibilities, and alternatives - encouraging its audience to brainstorm, imagine, and analyze technologies while offering scintillating scenarios and satisfying reads.

 

Ender's Game, Asimov's Foundation trilogy, Flatlands and Dune were the classics that hooked me.  What were/are yours? Come visit my blog http://departingthetext.blogspot.com to read more, find examples of how you and your child can 'depart' science fiction texts while sharpening reasoning and abstract thinking, and find links for lesson plans and the science and technology behind some of my favorite science fiction books.

 

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