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Author

Kim Stanley Robinson

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, English Language Arts, Justice, Climate Action

Resource Type

  • Digital Text

Regional Focus

Asia

"The Ministry for the Future" | Chapter 1

Synopsis
  • This excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson's novel The Ministry for the Future allows students to read a science fiction prediction of the consequences of rising temperature and its impacts on human existence. 
  • It contains 4970 words and the estimated reading time is 24 minutes, 51 seconds. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Gives students a fictional, easy to interpret insight into the impacts that the rise in global temperatures may have on our societies in the future. 
  • Engaging method of delivery for scientific ideas.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Have a basic understanding of the causes of global warming and the impacts this is predicted to have on societies.

Differentiation

  • Use Google Chrome so the text can be read to students to cater to all reading abilities.
  • Text can be used to discuss and further insight into different ways in which individuals are creating solutions to problems.
  • Text can be used as an example to analyze and create their own science-based fiction texts. 
  • Text can be used to identify differences of fact and opinion and usability of sources. 
Scientist Notes

This is a fiction, and there is no science to verify. But the story is useful to spur students to engage in climate action to make the planet habitable. This resource is recommended for teaching.

Standards
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Literature (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.10 By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.10 By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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