Educators’ Guides

Literature Guides with Lesson Plans

Reading Discussion Guides

Glossaries

In addition to the resources below, glossaries are available for most titles and can be found on the product page for the individual titles.

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Battlefield Earth trade paperback
Battlefield Earth full-cast, unabridged audiobook

Lexile 780 • AR 5.8 / 62 points • GRL Z+

Educators’ Guide developed by Dr. Fred R. Eichelman.

Battlefield Earth

A Saga of the Year 3000

About the book: A New York Times and international bestseller, Battlefield Earth is a science fiction saga of adventure, daring and courage, when man is an endangered species and the future survival of what’s left of the human race is at stake.


Introduction from the Educators’ Guide: The use of science fiction, whether books, audio or film is an innovative approach to teaching social studies and English. While such materials will never replace the teacher, they can be a valuable asset. Some works lend themselves much better for classroom study than others.

The novel Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 by L. Ron Hubbard is one book that will meet the requirements for what could be considered a complete learning experience for the student and a complete teaching experience for the teacher. It is one that covers a number of themes and may be used for courses in government, history (American and world), sociology, economics, English and Advanced Placement. It is perhaps the most comprehensive science fiction novel ever written covering such a broad base.

Either the book or the audio program may be used and will work equally well for large or small groups. It also would be of great benefit for independent studies. For each section there is an objective, a brief commentary, suggested questions for discussion or writing and an activity that will require research.

Fred R. Eichelman, EdD

“This has everything: suspense, pathos, politics, war, humor, diplomacy and intergalactic finance.”

–Publishers Weekly

Battlefield Earth has more than established its position as one of the most prominent science fiction novels of all time.”

–David Powers, ThD

Writers of the Future Volume 33

Writers of the Future Volume 33

What if … you could find all the award-winning stories—a variety of creative and fresh new ideas—all in one anthology?

What if IS here. Where giants of speculative fiction reveal the BEST new Sci-Fi & Fantasy of the year.

A collection of 28 award-winning authors and illustrators, plus short stories and essays on the craft of writing and illustrating by New York Times bestselling authors: L. Ron Hubbard, Robert J. Sawyer, Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey.

16-page color gallery of artwork.

Educators’ Guide will be available soon.

“There’s only one reason to pick up Writers of the Future, and that’s because the stories are wonderful.”

–Orson Scott Card

Literature Guides with Lesson Plans

For the Stories from the Golden Age series

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FANTASY

Grade Level: 9 • Lexile 950

AR 6 •  GRL Z+

Themes: Barter system, Sci-Fi (satire), The Depression, Historical Fiction

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MYSTERY

Grade Level: 6 • Lexile 790

AR 5.6 •  SRC 3 •  GRL Z

Themes: Drug abuse is dangerous, Carnival, Courage, Heroism, Appearances are deceptive, Historical Fiction

“This material is just awesome. It’s very unusual to find such material that is not only entertaining and useful to keep the kids engaged, but also can classify as great literature.”

– Teacher, K.L., Boston, MA

“High interest level, focused works! I use them in all of my language arts classes. The westerns and air adventures are a big hit with the kids. History classes only go so far in eighth grade (up to WW I) and these titles give my students the flavor of that time period that textbooks don’t have time to delve into.”

– Teacher, P.H., Fontana, CA

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MYSTERY

Grade Level: 6 • Lexile 690

AR 5.3 •  GRL Z

Themes: Zombies, Detective, Courage, Appearances are deceptive, Teamwork, Historical Fiction

If I Were You Literature Guide cover

FANTASY

Grade Level: 6 • Lexile 900

AR 6.4 •  SRC 6.2 •  GRL Z

Themes: Bullying, Pretending to be someone you are not, Idea of identity,  Morality, Integrity, Historical Fiction

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MILITARY & WAR

Grade Level: 9 • Lexile 910

GRL Z+

Themes: Finnish War, Veterans Day, Love story, Courage, Heroism, Dreams, Integrity, Historical Fiction

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WESTERN

Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 750

GRL Z+

Themes: Bullying, Arizona Rangers, Courage, Morality, Pretending to be someone you are not, Idea of identity, Historical Fiction

Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead Literature Guide cover

HISTORICAL FICTION

Grade Level: 8 • Lexile 830

GRL Z+

Themes: Betrayal, Indiana Jones archeological adventure, Alexander the Great, Treasure, Courage, Integrity, Historical Fiction

Branded Outlaw Lesson Plan

WESTERN

Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 860

GRL Z

Themes: Law & Justice, Survival, Family, Prejudice, Overcoming Adversity, Historical Fiction

Carnival of Death Lesson Plan

MYSTERY

Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 790

GRL Z

Themes: Never Give Up, Bravery, Overcoming Adversity, Law & Justice, Survival, Fear, Death, Courage, Betrayal, Cowardice

Dead Men Kill Lesson Plan

MYSTERY

Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 690

GRL Z

Themes: Never Give Up, Bravery, Overcoming Adversity, Law & Justice, Survival, Fear, Death, Courage, Betrayal, Cowardice, Zombies

Greed Lesson Plan

SCI FI

Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 910

GRL Z+

Themes: Greed, Quest, Ambition, Authority, Challenge, Courage, Ethics, Survival, Success, Science & Technology, Possibilities

If I Were You Lesson Plan

FANTASY

Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 900

GRL Z

Themes: Identity, Individuality, Ambition, Greed, Ethics, Friendship, Inequality, Self Development, Power

The Iron Duke Lesson Plan

ACTION & ADVENTURE

Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 900

GRL Z+

Themes: Politics, Ethics, Honor, Ambition, Beauty, Love, Loyalty, Liberty, Responsibility, Role

Sabotage In the Sky Lesson Plan

MILITARY & WAR

Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 900

GRL Z+

Themes: War, Love, Sabotage, Honor, Courage, Betrayal, Nationalism, Historical Fiction

Six Gun Caballero Lesson Plan

WESTERN

Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 740

GRL Z

Themes: Law & Justice, Survival, Prejudice, Overcoming Adversity, Ethics, Honor, Historical Fiction

Spy Killer Lesson Plan

MYSTERY

Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 710

GRL Z+

Themes: Survival, Courage, Honor, Betrayal, Love, Cruelty, Overcoming Adversity, Historical Fiction

Under the Black Ensign Lesson Plan

HISTORICAL FICTION

Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 800

GRL Z

Themes: Pirates, Authority, War, Courage, Love, Violence, Survival, Prejudice, Honor, Hope, Historical Fiction