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Copy of Modern Fantasy
Transcript of Copy of Modern Fantasy
and Natalie Cepeda
Modern Fantasy refers to stories written by known authors in which the events, settings, or characters are outside the realm of possibility. A fantasy is a story that cannot happen in the real world.
In modern fantasy stories:
-Inanimate Objects come to life
-Imaginary worlds exist
-Ghosts and other supernatural phenomena interact with or act upon human characters
The cycle format is prevalent in modern fantasy. In the cycle format one book is linked to another through characters, settings, or both. The cycle format appeals to readers who become attached to certain characters and then delight in reading the next book in the series.
Types of Modern Fantasy
Also called literary folktales. These are tales told in a form similar to that of a traditional tale with the incorporation of some traditional folktale elements: strong, overt conflict; fast moving plot with a sudden resolution; a vague setting; and in some cases, magical elements
Blend of fantasy and realism. It has the appearance of a work of realism, but gradually introduces fantasy as an integral and necessary part of the story.
- Modern Folktales
- Magical Realism
- Stories of the Supernatural
- Special Fantasy Situations
- Historical Fantasy
- Quest Adventures
- Science Fiction
Stories of the Supernatural
In these stories events occur that cannot be explained scientifically.
- Supernatural characters - ghosts, vampires, witches, wizards
- Psychic powers
- Horror stories
Special Fantasy Situation
Personified animal stories
Small or giant people
Half-human and half-pixie
Similar to historical fiction in that the setting , both in time and place, is fully and authentically developed; in addition, and important and usually obvious fantastic element underlies these mixed-genre stories. It includes time-warp fantasy and stories with an animal narrator.
Stories with a search motif. The quest may have a lofty purpose, such as justice or love, or a rich reward, such as a magical power or a hidden treasure.
Form of imaginative literature that projects the future of humankind based on scientifically described discoveries or changes in the earth's environment; it also imagines life in another planets. Utopias and dystopias are occasionally found in science fiction novels for young adults.
Modern Fantasy has its roots in traditional folk literature, from which motifs, characters, stylistic elements, and themes have been drawn. The fact that the authors of modern fantasies are known is what distinguishes the genre from traditional folktales, whose authors are unknown. Folktales are entire body of stories that have been passed down from ancient times by oral traditions.
Early Important Works
First, you will read a fantasy fiction story to the students so they can understand the elements and structure of that genre.
In a fantasy fiction story, there aren't any set rules. Writers can do whatever they want in this genre. They can be creative and write.
Then, you will have them write their own fantasy fiction story using their own characters. After that, they will write a final paper and submit it to you for grading.
You can grade them on sentence and paragraph structure and their grammar. You can also grade them on their structure of the fantasy fiction genre.
1.Show the transparency of the Elements of Fantasy to the students and discuss each element.
2.Read Raising Dragons aloud to the students, encouraging them to think about the elements of fantasy that are in the story. Be sure to show them the pictures.
3.Give each student a copy of the graphic organizer. Go over the directions with them.
must persuade readers to believe that unreal, strange, whimsical, or magical events nevertheless have an internal logic and consistency e.g. C.S Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrope
must provide a unique setting that will go beyond reality
-beyond time (moving to the past, future or holding still)
-place (imagined worlds)
Criteria for Modern Fantasy:
must be well developed
that the reader is able
to suspend disbelief and
accept the impossible as real
for the duration of the story.
Teachers can use this lesson plan to help children learn to visualize the worlds described in fantasy books. In this project, you will be asked to modify the lesson plan to fit a particular class and text. If possible, you will teach the lesson and then reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the lesson.
Read the lesson plan that follows.
Topic: Visualizing the Worlds of Fantasy
Time: 30 minutes
Introduce the topic
Tell students that visualizing is an important comprehension strategy that will help them become better readers. Visualizing is creating mental pictures from the author's descriptions. In this lesson, they will practice visualizing the fantasy world described in Alanna: The First Adventure, by Tamora Pierce.
Read aloud to students from Alanna: The First Adventure. If you have already been reading this book to your class, simply continue where you left off. As you read, model for students what you are visualizing about the setting, the characters, and the situations in which the characters find themselves.
Tell students that as you were reading, you were creating visual images or pictures in your mind, from the author's descriptions. Ask them to share some of the ideas they had as you read aloud. Help them see that all readers can form different visual images, because each reader's prior knowledge and experiences differs from another's.
Ask students to close their eyes as you continue to read the book. Encourage them to create visual images as you read. Stop occasionally and ask students to jot-down key words or phrases that will help them recall the images they are creating. At some point, stop and ask students to draw one of the images they visualized from this section of text.
Ask students to share their drawings with the class and lead a conversation about the varied images that emerge.
Overview: In this lesson, students will become familiar with the elements of fantasy. The teacher will read aloud the picture book fantasy Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolan. The students will then use a graphic organizer to identify the elements of fantasy in the story.
4.Read Raising Dragons aloud a second time. This time the students are to fill in the graphic organizer as you read. Be sure to show them the pictures.
5.Show the transparency of the graphic organizer and fill it in as a class. Anyone with an incomplete graphic organizer can copy answers from the transparency.
Closure: Discuss with students that a fantasy does not have to have all of the elements, but it must have at least one.