Critical Thinking & Creative Writing: Science Fiction
SPECIAL NOTE: Our intention is still to offer both in-class and virtual online options for our Fall/Winter programs at our Vaughan location, so that clients can choose which way they wish to learn. However, classes at our McMaster Innovation Park location are only offered in person.
When we do offer in-class options, we will be following strict protocol for the health and safety of our students and staff, and ensuring we not only adhere to government requirements but exceed safety expectations.
More information on our live online distance learning can be found HERE.
Grades 7-9 – 1x per week – Feb. 1, 8, 15, Mar. 1 – 2022 (McMaster Innovation Park)
- Want to fall in love with new, challenging reading material?
- Aspire to write intelligent and sophisticated responses to literature?
- Wish for an exciting, brilliant mentor?
- read and think critically about fiction (this year our focus is on science fiction)
- discuss and debate a range of complex and fascinating questions
- write academic responses to literature that will be useful models for success in high school English classes (Students will receive detailed feedback on each writing submission and have the opportunity to edit, revise, and resubmit for additional feedback.)
A recurring theme in science fiction is the moment of first contact between humans and extraterrestrial intelligence. Countless storytellers have imagined the excitement, confusion, and terror that might await humankind at this moment. In this class, students will examine the first contact narrative in various media—literature, radio, television, and film—in order to explore a range of complex and fascinating questions. What would extraterrestrial life be like? How would we react to signs of extraterrestrial intelligence, and how would that intelligence react to us? Is first contact ever going to happen? What do first contact stories tell us about ourselves?