First Contact (Ages 11-14)
In the future, humankind explores the far reaches of space. Whether seeking new life or just by sheer accident, humans make first contact with an intelligent alien species. A terrible calamity has befallen the alien planet and it’s up to aliens and humans to work together and save their world. In this science fiction setting, students imagine visiting an alien planet and striving to solve a possibly world-ending crisis. Is first contact peaceful or problematic? What would an alien civilisation be like? How do the two species learn to understand each other? These are some of the questions that students will answer as they craft their own science fiction story set in space.
Learning objectives
Specific to this workshop:
  • Primary focus on plot and world-building
  • Understand the specific genre and characteristics of science fiction set in space through reading, discussion and analysis of model media
  • Engage in detailed world-building of a futuristic science fiction setting
  • Learn and apply different planning and writing techniques, including how to build tension, reactions and dialogue and showing the cause and effect of characters' actions and attitudes
  • Design their own alien civilisation, taking into account laws, technology, culture and biological needs
As a writer:
  • Be introduced to ECP process of writing, revising and publishing a story
  • Understand genre characteristics and conventions to stay within the given genre
  • Use a variety of techniques to portray characters
  • Develop more complex plots with consistency and logic
  • Experiment with new techniques, devices and structure
  • Improve writing skills through individualised feedback from the teacher
  • Edit their writing to keep the reader engaged
  • Refine proofreading and editing skills to prepare writing to be published
As learners:
  • Develop creativity and collaboration through a workshop environment
  • Learn to look at own work critically and consider how to improve it
  • Learn to be open to and respond to constructive feedback
  • Gain confidence as a writer by writing and publishing a story for a real audience
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10 to 1213 Up
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