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