Lesson 1 (from Introduction)
I, Robot is a collection of nine short stories, published in 1950, by American science-fiction author Isaac Asimov. The stories are linked by a series of narratives in which the book's central character, an elderly robot psychologist named Susan Calvin, is interviewed shortly before her death. I, Robot explores themes of robot and human interaction, compassion, and faith. In this lesson, students are introduced to the collection and will research and discuss author Isaac Asimov and the Three Laws of Robotics which play a major role in the narrative.
Research Activity: Allow students time in class to conduct independent research on the author Isaac Asimov, and on the Three Laws of Robotics which are an organizing principle and unifying theme for Asimov's works. What are the three laws, and what short story (included in I, Robot) first introduced them?
Group Assignment: Gather students into small groups...
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