Read “The Star,” by Arthur C. Clarke. This is available on the “Lit Readings” tab of the website. Print out a copy that you can bring to class and access.
Highlight or underline the imagery used to describe the nebula (mostly on the bottom of the second page); based on this imagery, how would you characterize or describe this part of space? What do you think it felt like, flying through here? Write your answer on a sheet of notebook paper or on the back of your story.
In another color, highlight or underline the imagery that is used to describe the alien race, on pages 3-4. How would you describe these people: their personality/character, their way of life, etc? Write this answer too on a sheet of notebook paper or on the back of your story.
Finally, circle every question mark in the story.
If you want, you can read up on Wikipedia on some of the scientific & historical background to this story, especially supernovas, Jesuits, and Ignatius of Loyola (referred to as Father in the story). The story refers to an engraving of Father Loyola hanging above the narrator’s desk; you can view the engraving here.