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Emphasis on STEM and STEAM programs makes science fiction texts a welcome addition to the curriculum. Here are some resources to start with:
- 1984 by George Orwell
Big Brother is watching.
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
In a society carefully controlled by the government, is happiness possible?
- City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau
What does it take to save a dying world?
- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Ender saves Earth from the Buggers.
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Bradbury illustrates a society which has surrendered its intellectual freedom.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The unrestrained pursuit of knowledge is ultimately destructive. Consider pairing this classic with Jurassic Park.
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
Happiness and pain go together: we can't eliminate one without also eliminating the other.
- "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut
What happens when everyone is equal?
- Kindred by Octavia Butler
A young African-American woman travels back and forth in time between her life in contemporary America and life in the early 1800s in Maryland, experiencing the impact of slavery on her family.
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
During World War II, the city of Dresden was firebombed. Survivor Billy Pilgrim must continue his life after experiencing that horror.
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
An exploration of the good and evil in the human soul.
- Jules Verne
Links for teaching 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, Around the World in 80 Days, and Journey to the Center of the Earth.
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Conformity makes us all the same, but love can set us free.