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The Great What-If: Sci-Fi Winter Camp (Heinlein, Vonnegut, Bates)

In this one week intensive camp, students will read three classic science fiction short stories and discuss them in class.
Tassie Bauman Smith
355 total reviews for this teacher
25 reviews for this class
Completed by 94 learners
55 minutes
per class
3x per week
over 1 week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will gain a new appreciation for these classic science fiction short stories, better understand their plot and structure, and enjoy discussing the implied ethical/scientific issues. 
I am an enthusiastic reader of science fiction and genuinely enjoy helping students appreciate it too. 
Students will read each short story before class begins.  Most of these short stories and should take a student 1-2 hours at most to read. 
 3 files available upon enrollment
All of these stories can be accessed via free PDFs online.
2 hours 45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Any discussion of ethics is potentially controversial. "By His Bootstraps" features a distasteful protagonist who uses alcohol and tobacco and includes some mature and impolite words. "Harrison Bergeron" while not directed at such a mature audience is very disturbing in terms of ethics.  You know your learner best.  If you are concerned about the maturity/impolite nature of any of the stories or the ethical questions, please feel free to preview the stories and to reach out before class begins to talk about how the issues will be covered. 


Tassie Bauman Smith
Lives in the United States
Writing, Grammar, Literature and ESL
355 total reviews
330 completed classes

About Me

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... 
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