The Heinlein Prize Trust offers to teachers lesson plans based on Robert A. Heinlein’s novels for their classroom use. The lesson plans are authored by Heinlein scholar Robert James, Ph.D., who has taught these novels in his own classrooms.

Lesson Plan: Time For the Stars

Time for the Stars is the tenth of the juveniles Robert Heinlein wrote from the late forties through the early sixties. Time for the Stars was one of the works that incorporated twins, which Heinlein’s wife Ginny loved. A work that explains Einsteinian relativity as well as any work of fiction ever has, Time for the Stars also challenges conventional attitudes towards siblings.  Read MoreRead More

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Lesson Plan: Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers is the last of the juveniles Robert Heinlein published with the prestigious Scribner’s from the late forties through the late fifties. The book has never been out of print, and is regularly used as assigned reading in the military, to promote the qualities of leadership and sacrifice which are the essence of the mature adult serving our country.  Read MoreRead More

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Lesson Plan: The Star Beast

The Star Beast is the eighth of the juveniles Robert Heinlein wrote from the late forties through the early sixties. The Star Beast, like Tunnel in the Sky and Starship Troopers, contains extensive reference to government and politics, and serves notice that readers need to be aware of their government, their roles as citizens, and their rights and responsibilities.  Read MoreRead More

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Lesson Plan: Podkayne of Mars

Podkayne of Mars is the last of the juveniles Robert Heinlein wrote from the late forties through the early sixties. Podkayne is the only one of his juveniles to feature a girl, although not the first time he had written fiction for young girls.  Read MoreRead More

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Lesson Plan: Between Planets

Between Planets is the fifth of the juveniles Robert Heinlein wrote from the late forties through the early sixties. The series is widely regarded as the finest science fiction ever written for young people; many, including Grandmaster Jack Williamson, believe them to be the best science fiction Robert Heinlein ever wrote.  Read MoreRead More

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