Educators’ Guides

Literature Guides with Lesson Plans

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Battlefield Earth Educators' Guide cover

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 36

The Sci-Fi and Fantasy of Tomorrow

Selected by Masters of Today

“This hefty, competent anthology showcases 12 consistently solid short stories, each accompanied by a full-color illustration. A worthwhile survey of new voices in the field, rounded out with four stories from established authors and three essays on craft. Genre enthusiasts should take note.” —Publishers Weekly

24 Award-winning Short Stories and Illustrations

Four bonus short stories by:
L. Ron Hubbard • Katherine Kurtz • Jody Lynn Nye • Nnedi Okorafor

Art and writing tips by:
Echo Chernik • David Farland • L. Ron Hubbard • Mike Perkins • Sean Williams

Edited by: David Farland

16-page color Gallery of Artwork

Cover art by: Echo Chernik

“Writers of the Future has my heartiest support and unqualified recommendation.”
—Terry Brooks

“Science fiction as a genre has always looked to the future and the Writers of the Future looks to the future of science fiction.”
—Kevin J. Anderson

Writers of the Future Volume 35

Something New and Different in Sci-Fi & Fantasy

L. Ron Hubbard “initiated a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.” We are proud to present this year’s collection of fresh voices, fabulous worlds, and fantastic new characters.

Each year, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests’ panel of blue-ribbon judges search the world to discover and introduce to you the very best new talent in science fiction and fantasy.

24 Award-Winning Short Stories and Illustrations

Three short stories from authors:
L. Ron Hubbard • Dean Wesley Smith • Rebecca Moesta

Essays on writing and illustration by
L. Ron Hubbard • Mike Resnick • Rob Prior • Echo Chernik

16-page color gallery of artwork

Cover art by: Bob Eggelton

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

—Orson Scott Card

“It really does help the best rise to the top.”

—Brandon Sanderson

Literature Guides with Lesson Plans

For the Stories from the Golden Age series

The Crossroads Literature Guide cover


Grade Level: 9 • Lexile 950

AR 6 •  GRL Z+

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

Carnival of Death Literature Guide cover


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

Dead Men Kill Literature Guide cover


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


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

On Blazing Wings Literature Guide cover


Grade Level: 9 • Lexile 910


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

Toughest Ranger Literature Guide cover


Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 750


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


Grade Level: 8 • Lexile 830


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

Branded Outlaw Lesson Plan


Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 860


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

Carnival of Death Lesson Plan


Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 790


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

Dead Men Kill Lesson Plan


Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 690


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

Greed Lesson Plan


Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 910


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

If I Were You Lesson Plan


Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 900


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

The Iron Duke Lesson Plan


Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 900


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

Sabotage In the Sky Lesson Plan


Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 900


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

Six Gun Caballero Lesson Plan


Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 740


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

Spy Killer Lesson Plan


Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 710


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

Under the Black Ensign Lesson Plan


Grade Level: 7 • Lexile 800


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

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