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1 Science Fiction Science Fiction & & Fantasy Genre Book Report Fantasy Genre Minibook Project Book Report Social Media Writing Activity By Amy Mezni 1

2 Name: Date: Science Fiction & Fantasy MiniBook Project We will be studying science fiction and fantasy genres this month. In class, we will be reading different reading selections that fit these genres. In addition, students must select a science fiction or fantasy novel on their reading level to read at home. Students will complete a book report for the book that they selected. Science fiction & fantasy projects are due on: What is Science Fiction? What is science fiction? It is a fictional story that often uses science and technology of the future. These stories must be plausible, meaning it seems possible that the story could actually happen. The following are characteristics common in science fiction stories. Space Travel Futuristic Setting Alternate History Time Travel Advanced Technology Aliens Explores Cultural Issues Follows Scientific Rules Science fiction plots often explore issues in current culture. Many science fiction stories involve dystopian societies. A dystopian plot would explore a culture that could go horribly wrong. Good examples of this type of story are The Giver, The Hunger Games, and Divergent. In addition, it is important to know that science fiction will actually follow scientific principles. Most things that happen in science fiction plots could possibly happen under the laws of science, rather than the authors just making up their own laws of nature. 2

3 What is Fantasy? How are fantasy novels different from science fiction? Fantasy stories do not follow scientific laws and principles things happen in fantasy stories that could not really happen, such as people growing to 50 feet tall or talking animals. Most fantasy novels involve magical events, and many fantasy stories have a journey or quest. There are three ways fantasy stories are usually developed: Entire story Begins in a real Plot is set in takes place in a world and moves the real world magical setting. to a fantasy but magical world. things occur. Examples of science fiction stories are: A Wrinkle in Time The Giver The City of Ember Among the Hidden Artemis Fowl Examples of fantasy stories are: Peter Pan The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe Percy Jackson Harry Potter Platform 9 and ¾ How to Train Your Dragon 3

4 Science Fiction & Fantasy Project This project is to be completed at home. Students must finish reading their novel before they will be able to do the project. In order to have time to complete the project, students should plan to have the book read no later than the Friday before the project is due. That will give students a few days to complete the written project. Students will create a Facebook-style profile aboutthe main character of the story. Through the responses on the character s profile, students will show their understanding of the novel. The profile should have the include the following: 1. Cover Sheet It should include the title and author of the book, as well as the student s full name and date. 2. Setting This can be shown through completing the profile sections Places Lived and Basic Information. Where does the character live or travel? What time period does the character live? If no specific time period is given, then please provide a time such as modern day, future, etc. 3. Main Character Completing the different biographical information sections will show the character s personality, such as Favorite TV Show, Favorite Song, etc. Your book may not tell you this information. Using what you know about the character s personality, what songs or TV shows would you imagine he or she would like? 4. Characters Complete the Friends section. Use supporting characters (or possibly other main characters) in the story. Please name and describe the characters. You should provide information about at least 2 others characters in the novel. 5. Conflict & Plot Complete the Update Status and Timeline section of the profile. The Update Status section should be written in the character s voice. What are some updates that he or she might write? Who might respond to those updates? The Timeline should take the reader through the main plot events of the book. Using the chapters as a guide, place the main events on the timeline. 6. Book Review Page Students should write a review of the book. Would they recommend the book to other students? Why or why not? What was good about the book? What did they not like about the book? Be specific! Your book review should be written on composition paper or wordprocessed and then stapled to your Profile Page. 4

5 Grammar and spelling are part of your final grade. Be sure to proofread and turn in a final project, not a rough draft! You may use the blank profile provided, a blank piece of paper, or a large poster board. (Using a larger paper might make it easier for you to write your information.) Students should turn in the following no later than the due date: 1. Completed Character Profile and Book Review 2. Completed student checklist 3. Completed rubric Students should bring their book with them. Students will present their book to the class. Please practice your presentation. Remember to maintain good eye contact and tone of voice, as well as be able to discuss your novel. Some tips: 1. Your timeline area is where you should be going through the events of the book in order. Look at each chapter and find the main event of the chapter. Put those events on your timeline. 2. When you write the status updates, you are writing as your character. You need to pretend you are the character. How does he or she think? What do he or she say? 3. People respond to other people s status updates on Facebook. How might other characters respond to what your character has posted? 5

6 Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school? Birthday Friends Photos 6

7 Music TV Shows Timeline 7

8 Timeline continued Book Review 8

9 Name: Date: Science Fiction/Fantasy Profile Page Student Checklist Use this checklist to make sure your project is complete. Turn this page in with your project and rubric. Does your project include: 1. Cover Sheet Does it include the title, author, your first and last name, and the date? Yes No 2. Setting Did you include the time and place of the story? Yes No 3. Main Character Have you provided detailed information about the character on the profile? This information can be found in the biographical information and the Status Updates. Yes No 4. Supporting Character Have you included detailed information in the Friends about at least two other characters? Yes No 5. Conflict/Plot Have you provided enough events on the Timeline to explain the plot? Does your Status Update area also follow story events? Yes No 6. Book Review Page Did you write a review of the book and attach it to the Profile? Was the book review in paragraph form? Yes No 9

10 Name: Date: Rubric - Score yourself on the attach rubric and turn in the rubric with yourproject Ideas & Content Organization Many parts of the profile and or the book review are missing or are not explained. Reader does not get a clear sense of the story. Lacks clear organizational planning. Writing confuses reader. Many parts of the profile are missing or incomplete. Majority of the profile and the book review are completed. Some parts are lacking detail. Reader is left with questions about the story. Writer's organizational plan is difficult to follow. Majority of required sections are included, although they may be incomplete. Each section of the profile and the book review are completed. The novel is explained with some detail. Presents a consistent sense of order. Order may be inconsistent. All required sections are included. Each section of the profile and the book review are completed thoroughly. Science fiction/fantasy novel is explained in great detail. Presents a clear sense of order. All required sections are included. Writing is easy to follow. Voice Writing is lifeless. Writing is flat or dull. Writing does not consistently show a sense of audience. Writing contains limited emotion or action. Writing is appropriate to audience and purpose. Writing shows a sense of audience. Writing is expressive and engaging. Writing shows a strong sense of audience. Word Choice Limited vocabulary usage. Writing is lacking details. Ordinary vocabulary usage. Story has some vivid description, but reader is left with questions. Accurate/Above average word choice. Word choice helps the reader to "see" the story, although details may be used inconsistently. Use of sophisticated vocabulary. Word choice is specific and helps reader to "see" the story. Conventions & Grammar Has six or more punctuation, capitalization, and spelling errors. Verb tense is inconsistent. Has three to five punctuation, capitalization, and spelling errors. Verb tense is inconsistent. Has one or two punctuation, capitalization, and spelling errors. Verb tense is consistent throughout most of the writing. Has no errors in punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. Verb tense is consistent throughout writing. Book Review Book review is incomplete or missing. Book review is included, although little support may be provided for the author s conclusion. Book review is well written. Support is provided for the author s conclusion, including details about what the reader liked or didn t like about the book. Book review is well written. Considerable support is provided for the author s conclusion, including details about what the reader liked or didn t like about the book. Total:----- TEACHER COMMENTS 10

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