End of the World Homework Page
"Life's always been a business of working hard and fighting the cold... The earth's always been a lonely place, millions of miles from the next planet. And no matter how long the human race might have lived, the end would have come some night. Those things don't matter. What matters is that life is good. It has a lovely texture, like some thick fur of the petals of flowers--you've never seen those, but you know our ice-flowers--or like the texture of flames, never twice the same. It makes everything else worthwhile. And that's as true for the last man as the first." -- Pa in Fritz Leiber's "A Pail of Air"
In case you're hungry.... just heard this:
Oryx and Crake HW Reading AssignmentsPlease see the calendar for when the readings are due.
HW #14Complete the Bio-ethics Scenarios handout for class, please :)
HW #13Select a topic for your essay and formulate a specific and arguable thesis (10 points). Then create a detailed and thorough outline that provides specifics (10 points).
Outline Help. These are generic templates and tips to help you see how detailed your outline should be!
HW #12FINISH reading and annotating the Zoline story! This time, you annotate on your own and we will review all the terms in class. Only one class left to discuss.... time to start thinking about your big essay...
HW #11Re-read and re-annotate in a different color ink what we covered in class. Be sure you have your HW from #10 ready to present. There are no makeups!
HW #10Research the terms you were assigned and be ready to "teach" when called upon. You are not handing anything in. You will present in discussion.
HW #9Finish the novel! 10-epilogue + quiz.
HW #8Read chapters 7, 8 and 9 in The Time Machine and there will be a quiz. The extra credit will be taken from the vocab list. If you ever forget your book, there are multiple free online versions.
HW #7Read chapters 5 and 6 in The Time Machine and there will be a quiz. The extra credit will be taken from the vocab list. If you ever forget your book, there are multiple free online versions.
HW #6Read chapter 4 in The Time Machine and there will be a quiz. The extra credit will be taken from the vocab list. If you ever forget your book, there are multiple free online versions.
HW #5Read chapters 1, 2 and 3 in The Time Machine and there will be a quiz. The extra credit will be taken from the vocab list.
HW #4Read and annotate "Singularity" by Lev Grossman (Time, Feb 2011) . Take note of unusual and interesting items. There will be a quiz.
HW #3Read "A Pail of Air" and there will be a reading quiz. Read actively!
HW #2Be ready for a reading quiz on"Adam and No Eve."
HW #1 Welcome!On the piece of blank computer paper, choose a point in James Thurber's "The Last Flower" to CHANGE the cycle. SAVE THE WORLD! Where would you do something differently? Choose the number to delete and replace with yours. DRAW 1-5 new boxes (in the style of Thurber's simple line drawings) in which you change the course of events for the better. Then, underneath, write a well developed paragraph that explains how your vision could work and why it makes a better future.
Student Final Projects
SHORT STORY UNIT
Isaac Asimov's "Nightfall"
Alfred Bester's "Adam and No Eve"
Arthur Clarke's "The Nine Billion Names of God" & "The Star"
Ursula Le Guin's "Those Who Walk Away From Omelas"
Ray Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains"
Fredric Brown's "Puppet Show"
TP Caravan's "Random Sample"
Harlan Ellison's "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream"
Philip Jose Farmer
Gaye Jee's "A Civilising Influence
Ursula Le Guin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from OmelasThe Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
Franz Leiber's "A Pail of Air"
Edgar Allen Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death"
James Thurber's "The Last Flower"
HG Wells' "The Star"
Short Story Project
LIMITED RESOURCES / OVERPOPULATION UNIT
TIME AND ENTROPY UNIT
"Heat Death of the Universe"
The Time Machine
Planet of the Apes
Oryx and CrakeMs. G Handouts
2001:A Space Odyssey
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