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Welcome to this unit on The Apocalypse!

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There are countless stories and movies about the apocalypse, aka doomsday, or the end of the world. Extreme weather wiping out most of the population, robots taking over, the fall of civilization: these stories may seem far-fetched, but they can serve as a reminder of what we take for granted.
They can also warn us of what could happen if we don’t change our behavior. They may put a voice to our fears for the future, or speculate about the potential impacts of forces like artificial intelligence. They give us a lot to think about in our everyday lives—and maybe by writing about the apocalypse, we can even help prevent it from happening ...
In this unit, you will:
  • Read extracts from apocalyptic fiction
  • Learn about representations of the apocalypse in film and literature
  • Think about common themes and characteristics of these stories
By:
  • Watching videos that explain different approaches and strategies for reading
  • Reading and answering questions about literary and informational texts
  • Learning new academic words
In order to answer the essential question: Why do we imagine doomsday scenarios?

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  • male robot johnny style avatar for user Duncan Sor-rel semi-active
    Why do we imagine doomsday scenarios? A. for me i like to know so i can see if i can survive. for instance. black hole destroying planet chances of survival not good zombie apocalypse 50/50. it's also fun to see how other people survive.
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    • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user Harry Mots
      It's probably just sort of putting different scenarios in your mind of how we can sometimes do bad things and take the Earth just for granted. But karma always comes around when you do something that shouldn't be a good thing. it just teaches us to respect everyone and everything.
      (10 votes)
  • starky sapling style avatar for user ahecks9689
    The apocalypse could be like last kids on Earth with monsters and zombies from another dimension. Who knows?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user 001175588
    Why do we imagine doomsday scenarios ? I think so that they can walk around with posters to show how the world is.
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    • blobby green style avatar for user Andrew Da Best
      That term is a reactionary word to describe the prospect of disaster, and one used when the writer is clearly startled. As a science communicator who is very concerned and yet optimistic about our climate change realities, I think terms like “apocalyptic” are ineffective and potentially damaging.
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  • mr pants purple style avatar for user anthony
    How do people just randomly think of that stuff.
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  • aqualine sapling style avatar for user luzrailinasalas
    i think is fun and interesting see to other people survive in a zombie apocalypse.Who else has thought how it would be to be in a zombie apocalypsis?
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  • sneak peak green style avatar for user Owen
    ur mom
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Alicia Smart
    If tragedy has happened back then, what would be the chances that something more horrible will happen depending on how bad it is.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Isaac H. meets The Thing
    There are so many variables in apocalyptic scenarios. It may be slow, with time to prepare, or it could be inst-
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  • blobby green style avatar for user edith.ortega90044
    For me,I like to imagine like we are seeing a creepy monster in the dark. Nowadays,little kids are very scared of "chucky"etc.
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  • aqualine seedling style avatar for user KaydenceB
    i dont have a question
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