Literature/Video Report

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Literature/Video Report

Each semester students in Physics and Chemistry classes are required to submit two literature reviews.

Science is not all analytical study and facts. Moral and ethical questions are faced by scientists every day. Science is not always about “can we” but often finds itself asking itself “should we”. Through the literature studies and reviews students will investigate the moral and ethical core of science. Though some of the stories may seem far-fetched or highly unlikely, they all have central themes and a moral core.
Each Literature review will count as a test grade. They will each be due on or before the dates listed below. If papers are turned in early and time allows they will be checked and returned so that any necessary corrections could be made if the student desires.

  • Literature Review No. 1 due by October 29, 2015

  • Literature Review No. 2 due by December 10, 2015

  • Literature Review No. 3 due by March 23, 2016

  • Literature Review No. 4 due by May 18, 2016

There will also be opportunities for students to view movies that also have a science basis and a strong moral or ethical core. Extra credit reports over these videos may also be done at a rate of once per six weeks period. These reports will follow the same directions and format as the literature review.

Some texts will be available in the school library but most will not. The student can contact the Waco-McLennan County Library for assistance in checking out copies of the books or possibly audio copies. If they desire they may also look into purchasing either physical or digital copies as well. I will have a limited supply of some of these books that may also be checked out.
Contact information for the Waco-McLennan County Library is:

  • Central Library 1717 Austin Ave 254-750-5943

  • West Waco Library 5301 Bosque Blvd #275 254-745-6018

  • South Waco Library 2737 S 18th St 254-750-8621


All papers will be turned in using the “Turn-it-in” system.

If a paper has more than a 25% plagiarism rating without proper citations then it will not be counted.

The views expressed in the books on this list do not necessarily express the views of the instructor or Bosqueville ISD. It is the student’s responsibility to research the various titles and to choose the best books for them to read throughout the year. If the student is offended by a book in any way (since some of the works include mature themes or subject matter – for example, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep or Invasive Procedures) it is the student’s responsibility to select another book and complete the assignment before the deadline set at the beginning of the class.

Approved Literature Texts Include:

General Science/Chemistry

Biology Themes

Physics Themes

Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K Dick

Contact by Carl Sagan

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Hot Zone by Richard Preston

Gravity by Tess Gerritsen

Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein

The Isle of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells

Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam

Ender’s Game by Orson S. Card

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Hiroshima by John Hersey

Charles & Emma by Heiligman

Asimov on Physics by Asimov

Empire by Orson S. Card

Next by Michael Crichton

Micro by Michael Crichton

Solaris By Staislaw Lem

Invasive Procedures by Orson S. Card

Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku

Death from the Skies! By Phil Plait

The Echo Maker by Richard Powers

Encounters with the Archdruid by John McPhee

The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett

Hidden Empire (sequel to Empire) by Orson S. Card

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Speaker for the Dead (sequel to Ender’s Game) by Orson S. Card

Regenesis by George Church

Parasite by Mira Grant

Demon in the Freezer by

Some of these books may also count towards required readings for English/History.

(Look for the underlined titles)

Research & Design will follow the same format for papers but will have a different list of approved texts:

I, Robot by Asimov

Simulacron-3 or Counterfeit World by Daniel F. Galouye

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison

Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson

The Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin

Falling Free by Lois McMaster

Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson


Cover Page: (5 points)

Each paper will require a cover page with the following information.

  • A header:

    • At the left margin: RUNNING HEAD: (Author/Director last name)’s Title of Selection

    • At the right margin will be the page number: 1

Be sure in the option bar to select “different first page”

  • In the upper half of the page the following information needs to centered and boldface with a space between each line:


(Author/Director last name)’s Title of Selection

Your Name

Class (Period Number)

  • At the bottom of the page the date should be centered and boldface:

Month Day, Year

The Main Body:

  • General Format:

    • Times New Roman (12 pt) font (everything except the cover page)

    • Double spaced (this means one space between each line! Not two or three.)

    • Grammar and Spelling – If I catch it then it will be marked off (1/4 point each)

    • Length – as long as it needs to be

    • Correct cover page, header, titles, sourcing, and works cited page as indicated

    • If the format is not followed it may not be graded.

Header: For the first page of the actual review and every following paper the header should have:

  • At the left margin - (Author/Director last name)’s Title of Selection

  • At the right margin – the sequential page numbers (2, 3, 4, etc)

At the start of the paper

  • Book/Movie Citation (APA format) (10 points)

    • Use the Perdu Owl website for help.

    • If it is not included the paper will not be graded.

  • INTRODUCTION (At the left margin, all capital letters, boldface) (5 points)

    • Should include the Author or Director (with Actors and screen writer), the title of the book/movie, the published or released date.

    • Should also have any background information you might wish to include to explain development or creation of work (Be sure to add source if not from the book or movie).

    • Refer to Perdue Owl for assistance with APA style referencing.

  • SUMMARY (At the left margin, all capital letters, boldface) (10 points)

    • Summarize the book/video in six (6) sentences.

    • No more and no less.

  • KEY TERMS (At the left margin, all capital letters, boldface) (10 points)

    • List and define five (5) key terms you learned during the reading/viewing process.

    • Include the page where they were found and the sentence that they were used in.

  • KEY PASSAGES (At the left margin, all capital letters, boldface) (20 points)

    • Cite four (4) key passages/moments in the book/movie that had a major impact on plot development related to science or for you personally.

    • Copy the passage/moment and place it in quotes. Be sure to cite it correctly by indicating, in parenthesis ( ) the page where it was found or the approximate time it occurs in the movie.

    • Give a brief explanation (three to four sentences) of why it is important.

    • Each passage and response should be its own paragraph.

  • GOOD SCIENCE (At the left margin, all capital letters, boldface) (15 points)

    • List and describe three (3) examples of good or correct science.

    • How it was used, why it was in the story, etc.

  • BAD SCIENCE (At the left margin, all capital letters, boldface) (10 points)

    • List and describe two (2) examples of bad or incorrect science.

    • How it was used, why it was in the story, etc.

  • QUESTION (At the left margin, all capital letters, boldface) (5 points)

    • Write a question that you would like to know based on the reading/viewing.

    • Could be a general question or something specific directed at a character.

    • It should relate to science or the moral/ethics with science

  • CONCLUSION (At the left margin, all capital letters, boldface) (10 points)

    • Provide the moral of the story and what you took away (learned) from it or what you think the author/writer was trying to convey.

Works Cited Page

  • If you use any sources other than the book or video then you will need to create a works cited page.

  • This will be a separate page from the rest of the review and should have the title “References” that will be centered and bold face.

  • The book or video will be listed again as well as any additional sources.

  • These should be placed in alphabetical order and in APA format.

  • If additional sources are used and not cited then the paper will be considered plagiarized and a zero will be earned.

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