Robots in fiction for a high school audience
January 12, 2014 6:40 PM Subscribe
What are some short stories, books and movies that feature robots or artificial intelligence in prominent roles? Looking for accessible conversation starters; could be classic sci-fi or more contemporary stuff. This is for a high school class of students with a wide range of English skills and cultural backgrounds. We'd like to come up with a list that would have something appealing for everyone, and would be appropriate for a school setting.
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My husband is teaching an elective high school class on the theme of "robotics" that will occasionally incorporate movies and literature. For spring semester, he is planning to offer students a list of novels, short stories, and movies to write about and discuss. He needs things that:
1. Have themes related to robots, artificial intelligence, etc. and have the potential to spark some conversation in the classroom.
2. Are appropriate for school: movies must be PG or G. PG-13 might be OK if it's not related to nudity.
3. Are appealing and accessible to students from a broad range of backgrounds. It's OK if the works were originally intended as comedy or for young adult audiences.
Expectations for the class are kind of low in some ways, but this is an opportunity to work on literacy skills while introducing these kids to some interesting ideas and some great sci-fi.
So far we are brainstorming books and short stories like I, Robot by Isaac Asimov, Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem, and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. Movies could be relatively recent stuff like Wall-E, AI, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Bicentennial Man, or older titles such as Forbidden Planet. Blade Runner would be a great movie choice if we could get ahold of the edited-for-TV version. What else would you suggest?