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Creative Writing: Realistic Fiction Unit

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Rebecca Rosen

on 9 December 2012

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Transcript of Creative Writing: Realistic Fiction Unit

Instructional Inquiry
Project by Rebecca Rosen Realistic Fiction
Writing Unit Standard addressed:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. "We have to recognize imagination as a form of knowledge or our speculative fiction would vanish. Writers invent people they've never met, events that never happened, and countries that never existed. But if your fiction is to live, something deeply immediate and personal must be at its heart."
-Jerome Stern Teacher Resources Whole class lesson:
Introduce students to the aspects of fiction writing (characters, setting, conflict, resolution)
Review definitions on handout
Ask students to pick two numbers between 1-5 and one letter between A-D
Introduce the characters and conflicts and explain directions from handouts Student Examples Activity: Creating Man (Baines & Kunkel, 2010, p. 168) Objective: Students will learn how to create fictional characters , develop creative writing skills, and understand character development in writing. Teacher Resources Whole class lesson:
Explain directions to the class
Model each step in creating the scene
Students will practice with their own story after each step
Allow time for students to share the scenes they created. Writing practice:
Students will need two-three writing blocks to develop their drafts.
Students should be encouraged to revise and edit their drafts Sharing:
At the end of the project, students should have time to share their writing with their peers Time frame: Two to three, 50 minute blocks Materials:
Handout of "elements of fiction" definitions
Handout of the Pensive Pirates Writing Assignment
Paper and Pencil Fourth grade adaptations:
Eliminate the Red Herring aspect
Reword definitions to make them developmentally appropriate
Edit characters to make them fit fourth grade ages and interests Activity: Pensive Pirates (Baines & Kunkel, 2010, p.158) Objective: Students will practice writing in the structure of fiction. Students will develop characters and conflicts in their narratives. Time frame: one hour block Materials:
Creating Man guide handout
A scene drafted ahead of time to use as a model
Pencil and paper Fourth grade adaptations:
Provide directions and steps in a handout
Model a story for the students
Walk through each step with the students together Student Examples Reference Baines, L., & Kunkel, A. (2010). Going bohemian: How to teach writing like you mean it. (2nd ed.). International Reading Association, Inc. “If you are not a writer, you will not understand the difficulties of writing. If you are not a writer, you will not know the fears and hopes of the writers you teach.” -Mem Fox
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