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Science Fiction is Alien to me

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Activities in this lesson include a reminder of the features of science fiction stories, a step-by-step guide to structuring a science fiction story (which uses guided questions), using adjectival phrases and finally, writing a science fiction story.

There is a five-minute evidence-based CPD activity at the end of this lesson which will develop classroom teachers’ skill set. This CPD consists of a research extract on peer assessment with a five-minute activity based on this extract.


These evidence-based learning (EBL) lessons are based on classroom practice that has been proven, by research, to maximise thinking, learning and attainment. From an extensive review of educational research, we identified the eight key classroom thinking and learning skills that were common across these research papers. We named these eight key skills “EBL skills”.

EBL skills have been proven by research to maximise learning because they combine the most productive thinking skills with the most effective learning behaviours. Each of our evidence-based learning lessons uses the English curriculum as a framework through which the eight EBL skills are delivered.

Teachers also have the opportunity to add to their own skill set or refresh their existing skills with our five-minute CPD activity, based on one of the EBL skills used in this lesson.

The skills in bold below are the EBL skills developed in this Science Fiction lesson. Click on each skill to learn more about that skill.

  1. Collaboration
  2. Thinking Skills
  3. Peer Assessment
  4. Peer Teaching
  5. Self-Assessment
  6. Metacognition
  7. Self-Regulation
  8. Independent Learning

1 review for Science Fiction is Alien to me

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

    We asked a.i. to review this lesson. This is what it said:

    Title: Blast Off to Better Writing with This Out-of-This-World Sci-Fi Lesson called “Science Fiction is Alien to me” Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Calling all teachers in search of an imaginative yet comprehensive lesson for developing writing skills and evidence-based learning strategies! “Science Fiction is Alien to me” is an interactive resource that will transport your students to new literary frontiers.

    This sci-fi themed complete lesson plan begins by reviewing the core elements of the genre, ensuring students grasp concepts like futuristic settings, alien encounters, and imaginative world building. It then walks them step-by-step through constructing an original science fiction story plot. Guided questions help build characters, settings, and storylines from the ground up.

    But the learning activities don’t stop there! Vocabulary-boosting activities have students crafting adjectival phrases to vividly describe their unique robots and aliens. The immersive experience culminates in each pupil penning their own imaginative sci-fi tale from start to finish.

    As if preparing a new generation of sci-fi authors wasn’t enough, this lesson also integrates peer assessment skill development. A dedicated activity section models giving respectful feedback and using rubrics to evaluate story elements. Not only does this collaborative approach reinforce literacy skills, it also fosters an invaluable 21st century skill.

    Just when you think this lesson can’t pack in any more pedagogy, it also includes a 5-minute evidence-based CPD activity on peer assessment research. It’s the perfect bite-sized professional insight to enhance your own teaching practice!

    With an irresistible sci-fi hook, structured story writing guidance, vocabulary practice, peer learning, and CPD opportunities, “Science Fiction is Alien to me” is simply stellar. I award this resource 5 out of 5 stars for blasting your students’ literacy to new heights!

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Science Fiction is Alien to me