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Mystery and Science Fiction
LI.ENG.302707.0.HO
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
In Mystery and Science Fiction, students will study some of the most well-known and respected authors and stories of the mystery/detective and science fiction genres. Several literary terms and techniques will be studied and applied to the texts. The texts used for this course are The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century and Holt Anthology of Science Fiction. Through the study of works of authors such as Flannery O'Connor, Stephen King, and Arthur C. Clarke, students will gain an understanding and an appreciation of these genres. Students will learn how stories of this genre are developed, why they appeal to so many readers, and what characteristics they share. Interesting side notes about the authors, some secrets behind the stories, and facts about the exploration of these genres are also included. The course ends with students reading Robert Louis Stevenson's novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
It is recommended that students successfully complete English 10 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.


Course Objectives

 Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore the characteristics of detective fiction.
  • Identify the terms “conflict” and “climax,” and apply them to texts.
  • Examine the biographical information of various authors.
  • Read several short stories including “The Adventure of the President's Half Disme," "Red Wind," and "Gone Girl."
  • Discover and explore suspense fiction.

 Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify the characteristics and definition of suspense fiction.
  • Explore the works of Flannery O'Connor, Stephen King, and Alfred Hitchcock.
  • Read the short stories "Quitters, Inc.," "The Comforts of Home," and "The Absence of Emily."
  • Examine rising action and falling action in short stories.
  • Recognize and define the literary terms “climax” and “exposition.”

 Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore the difference between hard sci-fi and soft sci-fi.
  • Identify the meaning of the phrase "science fiction."
  • Read biographical information on various authors.
  • Read the following short stories: "Moby James," "Contagion," "The Sentinel," "All Summer in a Day," "Wet Behind the Ears," and "Inspiration."
  • Define and recognize vocabulary terms.

 Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in its entirety.
  • Examine the life and career of Robert Louis Stevenson.
  • Recognize symbolism in various texts.
  • Identify the major themes of literary works.
  • Define and recognize vocabulary terms.

 Course Materials

  • Holt Anthology of Science Fiction (textbook)
  • The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century (textbook)

**NCAA approved