How often people speak of art and science as though they were two entirely different things, with no interconnection. An artist is emotional, they think, and uses only his intuition; he sees all at once and has no need of reason. A scientist is cold, they think, and uses only his reason; he argues carefully step by step, and needs no imagination. That is all wrong. The true artist is quite rational as well as imaginative and knows what he is doing; if he does not, his art suffers. The true scientist is quite imaginative as well as rational, and sometimes leaps to solutions where reason can follow only slowly; if he does not, his science suffers.

Essential Questions of the course:

  • What is the difference between science-fiction and fantasy, and why does it matter?
  • What is the role of SFF in modern society?
  • How does SFF incorporate the use of literary devices?
  • How does science-fiction and fantasy literature present and reflect on social and political issues?
  • How essential is escapism in modern society?
  • What is the educational value of science-fiction and fantasy literature?
  • How does one read, write, and present effectively?

Unit and objective: Intense Tolkien Studies: Students will work collaboratively to create presentations, and teach the class various aspects of J.R.R. Tolkien.

What's happening in class now?

  • Students are reading class fantasy novels
  • Students are finishing work on their group presentations


  • Journals - every Monday
  • Group 1 - Monday
  • Group 2 - Wednesday