Essential Question

  • What problem does the character face?


Target Vocabulary
  1. impressed - left with a positive feeling
  2. admitted - agreed that something is true
  3. produced - created, made
  4. destination - a place to which people travel
  5. original - first or fresh
  6. concentrate - focus one' attention
  7. collected - calm and sensible; together
  8. rumor - a piece of information people talk about that may not be true
  9. suspense - tension felt when waiting for something to happen
  10. compliment - a positive, admiring, or respectful remark

Target Skill
  • Story Structure - how the author organized important parts of the story, called story elements, including character, setting and plot. Setting includes where and when a story takes place. The plot is the story events, including a conflict, or problem, and its resolution. The resolution is how the conflict or problem in a story is solved. Understanding each element of a story helps readers understand the story as a whole.

Target Strategy
  • Infer/Predict - inferring and predicting can help readers better understand the story as they read.

Vocabulary Strategies
  • Using Reference Sources - Use dictionary, thesaurus and glossary entries to learn word meanings and identify synonyms and antonyms. A dictionary entry includes the definition, part of speech, origin, pronunciation and spelling of the entry word. When an entry appears in a dictionary, the part of speech is identified before the word's definition. Parts of speech include nouns, adjectives, verbs, pronouns and adverbs. The part of speech may be abbreviated; for example, verb = v. A glossary entry includes information on the words in a specific text, such as a school book, including the definition and pronunciation. Glossaries function much like dictionaries, but they are specific to a text, such as a textbook. Glossaries contain the meaning of the entry words as it is used in the text, the pronunciation, and sometimes, where it is used in the text. A thesaurus entry is a listing of synonyms and antonyms for a word. You can use a thesaurus to add more descriptive words to their writing and to identify words related to the entry word. You can also use a thesaurus to find antonyms for the entry word.

  • Adverbs - describe a verb. Some adverbs tell how often an action happens. They are called adverbs of frequency. Adverbs that tell how much or to what degree an action happens are called adverbs of intensity.


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Oral Language/Writing Prompt:

- What do you think is the most interesting thing about science fiction books or movies?
(The most interesting thing about science fiction books or movies is...)

Science Fiction Genre - A Video Compilation (8 min, 24 sec)
Great visual introduction to the genre of science fiction!