Science fiction books

There are books we can use in the classroom that are science fiction but still allow us to teach facts about it. For example the book The House of the Scorpion is a fiction book but talks about drugs and DNA and where DNA comes from. It is about a boy who is harvested from El Patron and how El Patron is the only thing to love the boy.

Matteo Alacrán was not born; he was harvested.
His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium–a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Matt’s first cell split and divided inside a petri dish. Then he was placed in the womb of a cow, where he continued the miraculous journey from embryo to fetus to baby. He is a boy now, but most consider him a monster–except for El Patrón. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself, because Matt is himself.

As a teacher I would use this book to introduce DNA to my class and while it is fiction it should spark interest in how DNA is created and where it comes from. I would use this book to open the lesson and read it during language arts but still connect it to science. This is a good book to read in class because it would spark interest in science and how we should learn about science while giving the students a chance to learn in a different method than they are used to.

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