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If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth... by Arthur C. Clarke

Pixton Lesson Plan on If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth... by Arthur C. Clarke

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Character Map
  • Graphic Novel
  • Poster
  • Plot Diagram

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings short stories to life with comics and storyboards.
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Pixton Lesson Plan on If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth... by Arthur C. Clarke

Main Characters

If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth... by Arthur C. Clarke

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  • Marvin from If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth... by Arthur C. Clarke
    Marvin

    Protagonist, 10-year old boy

  • Marvin's Father from If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth... by Arthur C. Clarke
    Marvin's Father

    Drives Marvin to view Earth

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If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth... by Arthur C. Clarke

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  • Cross
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    Explosion
  • Moon
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  • Planet
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  • Rock
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  • Ship
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  • Stars
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  • Wheel
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Teacher Guide

If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth... by Arthur C. Clarke

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Share with students that "If I Forget Thee, O Earth" is a short story originally published in 1951 in the magazine Future, and then published again as part of a short story collection titled, Expedition to Earth. The story is centered around a colony of humans living on the moon. As a class, read "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth..." by Arthur C. Clarke (available online).

Opening Discussion

Discuss the following:

  • Based on the title and the fact that it was written in 1951, predict what the story will be about. Consider the rising tensions and fears between major world powers in the 1940s and how this would influence concerns about the future of the human race.
  • What was the Cold War?
  • What is nuclear war?
  • What is nuclear power?
  • What are the immediate and long term dangers of nuclear energy?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Themes & Symbolism

    Complete after class reading.

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  • Make a Mind Map
    Vocabulary

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Graphic Novel to summarize the short story.

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Research nuclear power, weapons and the cold war, and create a Poster to display your research findings.

  • Extension / Modification
    Plot Diagram (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Plot Diagram to track major conflicts and events in the story.

  • Extension / Modification
    Storyboard (Extension / Modification)

    Create a five panel Storyboard to illustrate TWIST analysis of the story.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • What are the major themes and motifs in the story? Cite specific examples to support your claim.
  • What are the symbols?
  • What is the author's purpose in writing the story?
  • How would you characterize Marvin? What about his father? Explain your reasoning.
  • Based on the story's opening, what did you think Marvin and his father were going to do or experience? How did your initial prediction or assumption differ than what actually happened?
  • How does analyzing the title and context of when and where the text is published strengthen predictions and analysis.
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Pixton Activity: If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth... 1 Themes & Symbolism

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the following themes and symbols:

  • The importance of living for a purpose
  • The dangers of nuclear war
  • The evil phosphorescence
  • The farmlands

Instructions

For each theme and symbol, identify at least two examples from the story and depict them in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • Identify the theme or symbol in the Mind Map title
  • Briefly describe the evidence in the panel title
  • Create an image that summarizes the evidence
  • Include a quote or specific example that fits the theme or symbol

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Themes & Symbolism

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth... 2 Vocabulary

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  • Mind Map

Intro

Review examples of vocabulary words from the text or have students identify their own:

  • ozone
  • vacuum
  • exile
  • phosphorescence
  • pilgrimage
  • ramparts
  • purge
  • scintillating
  • steadfast
  • cairn
  • squat
  • crepitation
  • ruinous
  • discern
  • anguish

Instructions

Create a Mind Map to illustrate the literal or symbolic meaning of at least four words from the text:

  • Identify the word in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed definition of the word as it is used in the story.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth... 3 Character Map

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Intro

Determining character traits is an important skill necessary to understanding the conflicts and themes of the plot. The characteristics that make up the main character and supporting characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Create two Character Maps for Marvin and his father:

  • It's important to add as many details as you can to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the character traits outlined in the novel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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