A Pale Blue Dot: That's Here. That's Home. That's Us.

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21st-century learners live in such a visual world that many are unused to letting their minds imagine the picture that words create. An excerpt from Carl Sagan's lecture, "The Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space," provides learners with the opportunity to compare the impact of written text with audio and visual versions.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the text from President Whitmore's speech and the scene from the film Independence Day to model the process
Classroom Considerations

  • Set aside extra prep time to explore the many links in the resource
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Pros

  • Links are provided to the text and to the movie version of speeches from popular films
  • The various tasks are carefully scaffolded and designed to prepare writers for the essay
Cons

  • None
Common Core