Science Fiction Comic Strip Project

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This power point contains all of the necessary information for the students to complete the ELA requirements of their Science Fiction Comic Strip Project

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8th Grade Comic Strip Project : 

8th Grade Comic Strip Project Science Fiction

Science Fiction Comic Strip Project : 

Science Fiction Comic Strip Project -Must be in color No white space showing Use colored pencil or crayon only   -Must have at least 8 frames (or square boxes)   -Include each of the “Elements of Science Fiction” throughout your comic strip   -Use the content of this handout to help you think of characters, setting, plot, and clues to include in your comic strip   -You may write any type of school-appropriate science fiction (fantasy, adventure, suspense, etc.)   -You must present a rough draft (by Thursday, October 27th, 2011; before the end of class) of your comic strip before beginning your final draft on the larger white paper   -Due: Monday, November 7th, 2011

Science Fiction Comic Strip Rubric : 

Science Fiction Comic Strip Rubric Evidence of Advanced Technology (alien or domestic) _____/10 Setting (Future and on another planet, under the oceans, or another dimension) _____/10 Characters (Protagonist, Antagonist that is human, being, force, society, etc) _____/10 Aliens (on Earth or other planet, Humans on Earth or other planet) _____/10 Strange Powers (humans and/or aliens have new or mysterious powers) _____/10 Science is Important in the Story _____/10 Problem (solved by protagonist) _____/10 Resolution (usually solved by protagonist) _____/10 No White Space & Neat _____/10 Frames (at least 8) _____/10 Total _____/100

Definition of Science Fiction : 

Definition of Science Fiction Science fiction is a genre of fiction in which the stories often tell about science and technology of the future. It is important to note that science fiction has a relationship with the principles of science—these stories involve partially true-partially fictitious laws or theories of science. It should not be completely unbelievable, because it then ventures into the genre fantasy. The plot creates situations different from those of both the present day and the known past. Science fiction texts also include a human element, explaining what effect new discoveries, happenings and scientific developments will have on us in the future. Science fiction texts are often set in the future, in space, on a different world, or in a different universe or dimension. Early pioneers of the genre of science fiction are H. G. Wells (The War of the Worlds) and Jules Verne (20,000 Leagues Under The Sea). Some well-known 20th century science fiction texts include 1984 by George Orwell, Brave New World by Alduous Huxley, and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. In addition, the four most-popular and well-recognized 20th century authors are Isaac Asimov, author of the Foundation trilogy and his robot series, Arthur C. Clarke famous for 2001, a Space Odyssey; Ray Bradbury, known for his Martian Chronicles, and Robert Heinlein, author of Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.

Elements of Science Fiction : 

Elements of Science Fiction 1. EVIDENCE OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY may be alien or domestic 2. FUTURE TIME SETTING may be alternate time setting or even past 3. ALTERNATE LOCATION SETTING may be on another planet may be under the ocean may be another dimension of existence 4. ALIENS may be on earth or other place humans may have changed humans may be on an alien planet 5. STRANGE POWERS often aliens have strong mysterious powers sometimes humans now have new powers or senses ex. ESP 6. SCIENCE IS IMPORTANT IN THE STORY SOMEHOW may refer to technology or understanding of the world 7. PROTAGONIST ( HERO ) 8. ANTAGONIST ( VILLAIN ) may be a being or beings or may be a force sometimes it is a societies rules sometimes human sometimes not 9. PROBLEM the problem must be overcome 10. RESOLUTION usually the protagonist solves the problem

Characteristics of Science Fiction : 

Characteristics of Science Fiction AliensAliens are one of the central characteristics of the science-fiction genre. A sci-fi may deal with aliens coming to Earth, humans encountering aliens on space explorations or a number of other variations. Sometimes the aliens are friendly, while other works portray aliens as mortal enemies. Space TravelSpace travel is a common element of sci-fi, regardless of whether or not it features contact with aliens. Space travel pops up in fiction over and over again as humans wonder whether or not they're alone in the universe, and what might happen if humans encounter other life forms. Time TravelIn scientific theory, time travel is possible based on potential technologies utilizing scientific knowledge. In fiction, time travel poses many questions, including that of the time travel paradox, and it is a popular topic for science fiction, as protagonists can glimpse the future or change events in the past. Futuristic Setting Or Alternate HistoryEven if there's no time travel involved, science fiction is often placed in a futuristic setting, while others feature alternate histories. Whether moving forward or back in time, very few sci-fi are set in the present day.

Characteristics of Science Fiction (cont.) : 

Characteristics of Science Fiction (cont.) Advanced TechnologyEarly science fiction writers and editors focused on the hard science of science fiction, and much of that incorporates the development of advanced technology, or creative ways to utilize existing technology. As the last century has seen big advances in technology, it's not difficult to imagine some traditional sci-fi technology that could be very real in the future. Additionally, some science fiction writers have proven almost prophetic in predicting the rise of technology that didn't exist during their time-notably Jules Verne, although other writers have foreshadowed or outright predicted other pieces of technology. DystopiaOne common theme of science fiction is a dystopia set sometime in the future. Dystopia sci-fi themes are often used to explore current social issues, and they have very little to do with science, except dystopian fiction that revolves around technological mis-utilization. "Nineteen Eighty-Four" is a good example of a dystopian sci-fi story. Exploration of Popular Societal or Cultural IssuesMuch of sci-fi attempts to explore popular societal or cultural issues through a sci-fi setting. These issues range from class struggles to misuse of technology, and sci-fi gives voice to the concerns of the society in which they are conceived. Common social issues include a world destroyed by war; a world destroyed by overuse; a world in which the government controls everything; or a world in which genetic experimentation has gone terribly awry. Science Fiction Follows Scientific RulesWhether or not it utilizes hard science, science fiction follows scientific rules, to some degree. They may follow an extrapolation of scientific rules or unfamiliar scientific principles, but sci-fi sticks to certain rules nonetheless, as opposed to an arbitrary system of the author's devising.

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