The tasks for this module were 2 questions about fantasy books.

  1. Do you think that fantasy and science fiction books, like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and the hundreds of age appropriate books and series, should be a part of standard curriculum or read as optional pleasure/summer reading books?                 Yes, I think fantasy and science fiction books should be incorporated into standard curriculum. Young adults/adolescents enjoy these types of books and it gets them to read! The purpose is to get them reading, analyzing different parts of a story and providing  feedback. When a student buys into something, they care about what they’re doing. So many teenagers today don’t read or don’t like reading. So knowing that, teachers can provide reading material that they can relate with and enjoy reading.
  2. Would you assign and teach fantasy and sci-fi books in your middle school/ high school classroom? If yes, explain why and which book(s) would you assign and to what grade? If no, explain why and what type of books would you focus on instead?Yes, I would assign fantasy and science fiction books in my class. Again, going back to what I said earlier, for me the purpose is to get the students to read and be able to dissect different parts of a story. If they enjoy the story and get into it, dissecting the story is easier because they understand the book and can relate to the story. I had to google some young fiction books to answer the second question. So here goes…

         Young Adult Books

  • Before you Leap written by Les Lyman                                                                                             Synopsis of story from Amazon: Two teens from two centuries apart, one the direct descendant of the other. Einstein’s Theory didn’t cover THIS relativity. Sean Kelly considered himself an average 16-year-old, living in an average neighborhood in a small University town. Nothing too exciting ever happened in Grover’s Corners, Missouri; some might even label it boring. His ordinary life was disrupted when a distant relative dropped by at the beginning of his Junior year in high-school. A distant relative from the 23rd Century. Two 16-year-olds in a time machine. What could possibly go wrong?                                                                                                                       I would assign this book to middle school students. I think they would enjoy the science fiction part of the story. They would also be able to relate to it on a personal level with their own family and family heritage. You can even do a writing assignment with this and ask them to choose someone in their family they would like to meet if they could go back in time or go into the future. 
  • Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix                                                                    Synopsis of story from Amazon: In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke, an illegal third child, has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm in this start to the Shadow Children series from Margaret Peterson Haddix. Luke has never been to school. He’s never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend’s house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend. Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He’s lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family’s farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.                                                                                                                 I would assign this book to middle school students. They could relate to the different things that Luke has never experienced  (birthdays, playing outside, etc…) as well as being a part of the family. What would they do if they were the third child? Would they be safe and stay hidden or find out what’s out there and live their life? 

Middle school students would be able to relate to these books and enjoy the science fiction part of them. As a teacher, I want children of all ages to enjoy reading. Part of that is to choose books they will enjoy to read. Who knows maybe more children will find they enjoy reading when they find a book they enjoy. Some children/students only read what is required by the school and what a joy it would be if they found they enjoyed reading and started reading for pleasure!!!