Great Short Stories of Science Fiction Camp: Asimov, Le Guin, and Keyes
Through the lens of short stories, we will look at the ethical issues brought up by some of the greatest writers in Science Fiction.
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3x per week
over 1 week
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Science fiction as a genre has a long history with short stories. It also has a long history wrestling with difficult and sensitive topics. As a kind of speculative fiction, Sci Fi asks questions that might otherwise be taboo. Come and join me to read three great short stories, each one with deep and disturbing themes which may lead us to question our own society and our role in it. Day 1: Students should read "Nightfall" by Isaac Asimov before coming to class. In class we will learn...
Students will explore ethics, the short story form, and learn about several very important figures in Science Fiction.
The reading for this class is challenging. Students will need to read 3 short stories in a week. The links to download the PDFs are in the class description so students can start the reading right away. Depending on reading level/speed students will need approximately an hour to read the first and last story. The middle story is shorter and can be read in perhaps half an hour.
2 hours 45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
These short stories are full of sensitive topics including the value of low vs high intelligence, disability, what it means to be a human being, genetic disorders, guilt, the role of religion in society, scapegoatism, abuse, and sex outside of marriage. In no way is any of the language graphic or erotic. As a teacher, I approach all these things as an opportunity to explore ethics and good character. However, you should consider previewing these short stories to see if they are appropriate for your learner. (Please leave me a message with any questions! I'll be happy to discuss these questions before your learner begins the class.)
Tassie Bauman SmithWriting, Grammar, Literature and ESL
319 total reviews
282 completed classes
I teach all kinds of English classes including writing, grammar, literature, and ESL. I am an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction especially poetry, science fiction, and fantasy. I have been teaching for more than 10 years. I taught English...