Exploring the Science Fiction genre and the roles of science and technology in the representation of new worlds. Genre motifs and conventions will be examined with textual analysis focused on TWO of the four prescribed texts, ‘Neuromancer’ and ‘Blade Runner’. Syllabus
course content, skills and knowledge will be evaluated as well as effective T&L strategies and resources. Student interpretation and response writing skills would also be discussed.
Secondary English teachers who are currently or likely to have an Extension 1 class in the future.
This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.
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1 hour and 40 minutes
This will involve clarifying key understandings, knowledge and theoretical underpinnings of what is signified by the term Genre. The main conventions and stylistic elements found in Science Fiction, past and present will be examined, noting the evolutionary and transformational process involved. This requires a brief synopsis of chronological development BUT in the context of what the syllabus and exam format requires. The focus will remain on Science Fiction as an enduringly popular genre and examining the reasons for its longevity.
Confidence needs to be developed by teachers in defining Science Fiction as a genre. Familiarity with both the formative 19th century formative period as well as the juxtaposing ‘Hard’ and ‘Soft’ representations of genre themes, subject matter and purpose is fundamental to teaching the course. Time will be spent on identifying some of the most popular sub-genres and hybrid genres including the revisionist post-modernist forms such as ‘Cyberpunk’ and ‘Steampunk’. The diversity of the genre as well as its recurring elements and conventions will be discussed.
1 hour and 40 minutes
1 hour and 40 minutes
The features that make a related text ‘appropriate’ for study will be examined. The aim will be to demonstrate how genre can be used in widely different ways as composers test the parameters of genre conventions and textual medium. Purpose and targeted audience will also be evaluated with an emphasis on developing student composition skills for both the analytical and creative sections of the course. Hypertext and ICT texts will also be examined as effective tools to engage student interest and encourage student centred learning. Software programs such as the use of class wikispaces and blogs will be discussed to broaden the scope of teacher delivery of this course. The potential of using student exemplars to effectively shape and maximise student response skills will also be evaluated.
Structure of the Session
9.20am – 9.40 – Registration, introduction of trainer/presenter and course overview.
Session 1-Defining Genre-Science Fiction -Conceptualisation, Contextualisation and Clarification of core tenets, conventions, themes and motifs
11.00am – Morning Tea
11.20am- 1.00 pm Session 2-Examining TWO Prescribed Texts 1.00pm-2.00pm- Lunch
2.00pm-3.20pm Session 3- Using Related texts and Development of Student response skills
3.20pm-3.30pm -Evaluation/ feedback forms
Laptops would be useful for note taking and resource sharing.The names or websites of any useful resources would also be beneficial to broaden the resource pool.
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Once again, an amazing day that allowed me to consolidate my knowledge and skills. I know that I’ll be able to take your course into my classroom in practical ways.
Covered such a breadth of valuable insight into the syllabus and practical teaching approaches. This has been a fantastic preparation for a first time teacher of the course.
Astonishingly helpful. Content is detailed and explanations supported with learning activities. Supportive of collegial time and processing.
Barbara was an extremely engaging, knowledgeable and inspiring presenter. I feel well- equipped to begin teaching Science Fiction.
As I have not taught SciFi before, I am appreciative of the depth and insight offered. Great variety of texts. Great discussion!
Lots of great resources and well structured to consider all the key aspects of the course.
A very good presentation!
It is so wonderful to have such wonderful resources and ideas so freely given. I feel so lightened that they must do more of the work, plus I feel stronger in my knowledge.
Highly engaging and helpful. Relevant. Enjoyed greatly.
Wonderful! Thank you for a most inspiring day.
Very useful especially on conventions of genre. Group work was not that effective.
Fantastic PD as expected. The resources and discussion will definitely lead to improved teaching practice and student achievement.
Great start. Fast and friendly. Lots of discussion. Able to ask questions. Great group. Great host.
Not having taught Science Fiction before, the information about the genre prescribed texts and teaching strategies were very useful.
Good to grasp overall of topic and hear ideas form other teachers and what they do.
Fantastic resources and useful discussion.
Fantastic. Superb resources, strategies and advice relevant for various classroom/student contexts and needs.
Thorough and excellent resources. Clear explanations and practical suggestions. Fantastic.
Appreciate the resources and overall ideas. Lovely working with Barbara Stanners.
Excellent resources and documentation. Barbara is very generous in providing us with a goodie bag of resources.
Barbara has been English KLA co-ordinator at Richmond H.S. and Bede Polding College, Windsor South. She has extensive teaching and training experience with Junior and Senior Secondary English courses as well as Certificates in Mentoring and Professional Leadership. Over thirty Teacher Resource Textbooks have been published over the past fifteen years.
Developing resources for all Stage 6 English courses, remains a particular area of interest and expertise.