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JONES, T.ENGLISH 9AMI DAY 21 (20 April 2020)Directions:Read the article below and answer the questions at the end of the article.IntroductionFor the next few weeks, we will be reading short stories from my favorite genre: science fiction.Although this genre of books, movies, and television is widely popular, it is often overlookedwhen it comes to regular academic learning because many scholars do not believe sciencefiction works have “literary merit.” Literary merit means that a work of fiction or nonfiction isworthy to be included in academic discussions and analyzed for its unique use of literarydevices to convey a theme. I disagree. I believe that works of science fiction (and fantasy likeHarry PotterandLord of the Rings) have just as much literary merit as works usually hailed as“literary masterpieces.” Actually, in some ways I feel as if science fiction plays a more importantrole than some of the classical literary heavyweights because they often deal with the samethemes and issues, but they are more accessible and easy to understand for the averageperson. No matter what we English teachers say, very few students are sitting down andreading Charles Dickens orThe Odysseyon their own, but plenty of my students have readPercy Jacksonor have seenStranger Things.Contemporary book series, movies, andtelevision series convey all of the themes and ideas that I would like for my students tounderstand by reading a book likeThe Great GatsbyorTo Kill a Mockingbird.

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