My college prep seniors are embarking on a study of science fiction and fantasy literature this year. This is the first year that they have been able to select their English class from a menu of options rather than being automatically enrolled in English 1/2/3. They are excited about and invested in exploring the worlds of swordcraft and spaceships, and I'm excited to go there with them!
As newly-minted eighteen-year-olds (for the most part), my students are politically engaged and interested in using the imagined worlds of science fiction and fantasy as a springboard for conversations about social justice.
My students come from both college prep and honors backgrounds, and so the class includes a variety of reading abilities.
I have chosen The City of Brass by SA Chakraborty and Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi as new book group options, and Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler as a new whole class text.
One of the strengths of science fiction and fantasy is that the texts that fall under those categories often push boundaries and pose questions that "realistic fiction" tends to avoid - questions of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and other intersectional issues.
I am committed to bringing in texts that reflect the diversity available in these genres, and these three texts will be a strong start in that direction!
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