EDUCATOR’S CD VERSION 2 PREMIERED: The new edition of The Heinlein Society Educator’s CD was presented at Renovation, August 2011, in Teaching SF: Not Quite 1001 SF Resources for Educators, Librarians, Home Schoolers and Others.
The Educator’s CD Version 2.0 includes all the materials included in version 1.0, and an additional 24 items. New material includes text of short stories from David Brin, Greg Bear, and Gregory Benford (“The Killer B’s”) with lesson plans for each. Also lesson plans by Robert James, Ph.D. for the included Heinlein short stories, plus lesson plans for all the traditional Heinlein juvenile novels. Expanding our efforts beyond K-12, we’ve also included a piece on Professor Herb Gilliland’s experiences in teaching Heinlein to college students at the US Naval Academy.
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In 2005, in partnership with Cascadia Con, Science Fiction Museum, and Reading for the Future, the Heinlein Society produced an “Education CD” of materials for educators interested in using Science Fiction to teach their students. The materials involved cover a variety of age groups, and include a significant amount of material specific to the works of Robert A. Heinlein, not least of which is the complete text to three Heinlein shorts provided courtesy of The Heinlein Prize Trust. Leading SF educators like Julie Czernada, C. W. Sullivan III, and Robert James are represented.
In the years since it was first produced, the Heinlein Society has distributed this CD free of charge to any and every qualified educator or librarian who has requested one. Though we have never had the funds to engage in large scale advertising to educators about this offer, we have distributed several hundred of these CDs, often with positive feedback. Fulfilling these requests is an ongoing part of our furthering of the legacy of Robert A. Heinlein and the power of Science Fiction in general. Within weeks of writing this report, we provided 35 copies of the CD in support of the SF educator’s conference held in conjunction with Brigham Young University’s “Life, The Universe and Everything” symposium on speculative fiction. Individual educators contact us regularly, as well.
The famed “Killer B’s” (Gregory Benford, David Brin, and Greg Bear) who have done so much to lead efforts in SF education, have all three agreed to provide one of their stories for inclusion on the CD. We also intend that Robert James, PhD, will provide a lesson plan for each of these stories. Brin, Bear, and Benford all have our thanks for this generous contribution.
C. W. Sullivan III has provided his “Space Opera vs The Right Stuff” about Heinlein refusing to “write down” to a juvenile audience.
C. Herbert Gilliland, professor of English at the US Naval Academy, has contributed his experiences in teaching Heinlein to college age students.
Robert James is back again, and the Lesson Plans for the “Heinlein juveniles” are now complete, and will include Lesson Plans for both Starship Troopers and Podkayne of Mars in addition to the traditional list of Heinlein works published by Scribner’s. Also included new for v2 of the CD are Lesson Plans for the three short stories already on the original version – The Menace From Earth, Black Pits of Luna, and Tenderfoot in Space. Here again, The Heinlein Prize Trust played a key facilitating role in making possible the creation of these lesson plans.