Literature: "War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells
These websites are about the book “War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells. Included is the full text of the novel, worksheets, and lesson plans. There is also information about the infamous 1938 radio broadcast by Orson Welles. There are activities, lesson plans, and audio of the program. There are links to eThemes on science fiction and Mars exploration.
The War of the Worlds
Read the complete text of the book by H.G. Wells.
Questions to Answer
Here are some questions you should be able to answer after reading the book.
Listen to the actual 1938 radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds." The broadcast requires RealPlayer.
Read about some strong reactions people had to a radio dramatization of the "War of the Worlds." The "Articles" links includes more information about the broadcast.
ThinkQuest: Welles's Wonderful War of the Worlds
Read a short description of the radio version on this student created website. Includes links to information about Mars.
H.G. Wells and Orson Welles Interviews
Here is a lesson plan that challenges students to create interviews with the writer of the book or the writer of the radio program.
The second page of this five-page PDF file includes activities for studying "War of the Worlds."
eThemes Resource: Solar System: Mars Exploration
Learn about the current exploration of Mars by two rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. Read about the third-grader who named the spacecrafts. Design a parachute for the rovers on an interactive site or create a model of a rover using crackers and candy. Watch animated movies showing the rovers taking off and landing, plus view the images that they have transmitted back to Earth.
eThemes Resource: Science: Science Fiction
Learn about science fiction and the real science behind it. Find out how fiction follows a scientific thought and creates a future that sometimes becomes a reality. Learn what the fiction and facts are today. Discover the science of cryonics, the laws of thermodynamics, warp and FTL (Faster Than Light) drives, artificial gravity, holograms, and more. Learn about the bad and good science in novels and movies. Includes lists of top classic movies, suggested sci-fi literature, lesson plans, and more. There are links to eThemes Resources on flying cars, science fiction reading and writing.
eThemes Resource: Writing: Science Fiction for Upper Grades
These websites are about science fiction reading and writing. Find out the elements of science fiction and other information about the genre. There is a booklist of science ficiton novels and there are several short stories that you can read on the internet.
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