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Introduction to Science Fiction: Kurt Vonnegut Science Fiction Analysis Writing

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In this self paced course learners will read, analyze, and interpret the literary elements used by Kurt Vonnegut to develop 3 of his most famous science fiction short stories. Learners will receive annotated copies of each text.

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
3 units//10 lessons//10 Weeks
Unit 1The Life and Times of Kurt Vonnegut
3 lessons3 Weeks
The Life and Times of Kurt Vonnegut
 Week 1
Lesson 1
About the Author
Students will research Kurt Vonnegut's life by exploring articles and interviews in order to write a well developed paragraph discussing events that could have influenced Vonnegut's writing.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Reading and Annotating "Harrison Bergeron"
Learners will begin with reading their first story by Kurt Vonnegut. Learners will answer 3 comprehension analysis questions.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
"Harrison Bergeron"
Learners will identify and analyze the literary elements and devices used by Kurt Vonnegut in "Harrison Bergeron".
Unit 2Literary Element Study Guide
6 lessons6 Weeks
Literary Element Study Guide
 Week 4
Lesson 4
"The Big Trip Up Yonder"
Learners will read and annotate the prequel to "2BR02B" in order to identify and explain literary elements used to develop a central idea. Learners will connect the text to a nonfiction article.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
"The Big Trip Up Yonder"
Identify and explain each of the following literary elements, using at least 2 pieces of textual evidence to support your claims. When explaining the element in the text, try to discuss how the author’s use of the element develops a central idea.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
"2BR02B"
Identify and explain each of the following literary devices using at least 2 pieces of textual evidence to support your claims. When explaining the element in the text, try to discuss how the author’s use of the element develops a central idea.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
"2BR02B"
Identify and explain each of the following literary devices, using at least 2 pieces of textual evidence to support your claims. When explaining the element in the text, try to discuss how the author’s use of the element develops a central idea.
 Week 8
Lesson 8
"2BR02B" Summary Writing
Learners will write a 3-5 sentence summary for each part of the plot in "2BR02B".
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Literary Analysis Writing
Learners will explore literary theories for "2BR02B". Learners will write a comparative literary analysis for "The Big Trip Up Yonder" and "2BR02B".
Unit 3Bonus Story!
1 lesson1 Week
Bonus Story!
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Bonus Story!
Learners will analyze "EPICAC" and complete the literary element study guide for the text.
  • Read and annotate "Harrison Bergeron" in order to identify literary elements and write a 3 paragraph text only literary analysis essay.
  • Read and annotate "The Big Trip Up Yonder" in order to identify literary elements and write a comparative literary analysis.
  • Read and annotate "2BR02B" in order to identify literary elements and write a text only and comparative literary analysis.
I hold two New York state teaching certifications in English Language Arts and Students with Disabilities. I have a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature and a Master's Degree in Special Education. I have over ten years experience teaching literature to young people, both remotely and in the public school system. 
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Homework
Frequency: included
Feedback: included
Details: -Learners will be provided with an interactive copy of the text to read. In order to properly analyze a text learners must read through at least 4 times. -The interactive class study guide allows learners to find example of literary elements in the text and check work with teacher videos. -Learners will write a unique thesis idea for 10 different literary theories. This is a practice exercise where learners can plan out possible ideas for an essay given a specific framework or 'literary lens'. -Learners will draft, revise, and finalize a literary analysis essay.
Letter Grade
Frequency: 1 after class completion
Details:
I received my Master's Degree in Students with Disabilities and I hold a New York state teaching certification in Special Education. I provide learners with annotated copies of the texts with defined vocabulary and social/historical terms.
Learners are provided with: 
-Active Reading Packet consisting of the required text to pair with learner videos. The packet provides learners with vocabulary definitions, images to assist in setting visualization, and unique questions to guide thinking towards choosing a thesis later in the course. Teacher will keep study guides up to date with supplementary materials for learners. 
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"2 B R 0 2 B" is a short story by Kurt Vonnegut that explores the idea of population control and the virtue of dying in a world where death is not a punishment. The story is set in a future society where aging has been cured and people have indefinite lifespans. The government uses infanticide and government-assisted suicide to limit the population to 40 million, resulting in rare births and mostly accidental deaths. Vonnegut draws comparisons to the German gas chambers of WW2. There is also a brief passage with 2 homicides carried out with a revolver. 
"Harrison Bergeron" explores themes surrounding disabilities and government control. A character is executed in this story as well. 
Annotated copies of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s short stories "Harrison Bergeron", "The Big Trip Up Yonder" and "2BR02B".
Learners will receive Wikipedia articles on the author and historical information referenced in the texts.
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Teacher expertise and credentials
New York Teaching Certificate in Special Education
Nicole Hess
New York Teaching Certificate in English/Language Arts
Nicole Hess
Master's Degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University
Nicole Hess
Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Literature from State University of New York at Oswego
Nicole Hess
Hello! My name is Nicole and I live in New York. I hold a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. I have over a decade of teaching experience in the public school system and remotely! I am excited to... 

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