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Genre Presentation: Realistic Fiction
Transcript of Genre Presentation: Realistic Fiction
In realistic fiction, the author avoids implying specific values. Rather, he or she provides the reader opportunity to infer from the situation and draw conclusions. Typically, the reader will garner a lesson or be prompted to evaluate events; however, good writers of realistic fiction will never dictate morals, values, or beliefs.
Orie Kambouris, Elizabeth Hawley, Elizabeth Quintana, & Alicia Poindexter
December 16, 2013
Realistic fiction addresses complex problems in a straightforward manner; it explores life with all its challenges, frustrations, and roiling emotions. Set in current day or very recent past, the writing is believable. Writers of this genre’ comprehend that at its core, realistic fiction is about the reader finding a way to understand how other people experience life; after all, the whole point of a good realistic fiction book is that it could happen!
Mitchell, D. (2003). Children's literature: An invitation to the world. Retrieved from The University of Phoenix eBook Collection.
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Let's look at some realistic fiction!
Judy Blume, author of renowned works such as 'Are you there, God? It’s me, Margaret' and It’s Not the End of the World', is an award winning author of 22 children’s literature books. Her books are reflective of one who understands the depths of a child’s frustrations and worries about growing up.
settings that could be real!
characters that act and sound like real people
that needs a real
The Cay by Theodore Taylor
Theodore Taylor was born in North Carolina. Taylor’s writing career began at age thirteen, where he covered high school sports events. Taylor left his house at age seventeen to work as a copyboy for the Washington D.C news. He started writing radio network sports for NBC, in New York, two years later. His first book was written in 1955, it was called The Magnificent Mitscher. Taylor became a press agent for Paramount Pictures, and then he became a story editor, and finally an associate producer. After filming TORA! TORA! TORA! He decided to dedicate himself fulltime to screen plays, novels, and non-fiction books.
Newbery Award author Beverly Cleary has received prestigious awards for her many books, including the Ramona series, which follows a young girl growing up in a not-so-perfect world. As her honors and awards indicate, she is indeed a ‘Living Legend’ and takes great pride in her 35 state-wide awards, which were attained by the votes of young readers
Gertrude Warner longed to be an author from a young age. She was sick throughout her childhood, and finished her high school education at home with a tutor. She was asked to teach 1st grade during WWI as there was a shortage of male teachers. She wrote the Boxcar Children for children, which were published in 1924.
Realistic Fiction stories have...
Blubber by Judy Blume
Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner
Lesson Plan for
The Cay by Theodore Taylor
Issues Addressed in these books
Students will often face challenges in and out of the classroom. Teachers can prompt conversations in a safe environment about uncomfortable topics through the use of realistic fiction.
Lesson Application, Extension, and Creative Response
These attachments are helpful in providing ways for students to determine the specific elements of the realistic fiction book that is being read.
Extension to Character Education
Students will recognize the signs of bullying.
Students will employ ways to prevent bullying situations.
Students will create presentations to help others learn about bullying.
CE (Character Education)
CE (K-12) 1. Courage
CE (K-12) 6. Respect for Others
CE (K-12) 9. Self-Respect
CE (K-12) 12. Compassion
reasons, realistic fiction books are often controversial. Many parents wish to protect their children from learning about specific topics or prevent them from judging situations where parental values and beliefs cannot be asserted (Mitchell, 2003).
Extensions to other Subjects
The Boxcar Children
In Blubber, the characters felt that no one saw them for who they really where. A creative response would be for students to create a self portrait of words and images. The challenge would be to NOT use a complete image of one's self. This can be accomplished either in paper format or digital format.
In conclusion, readers can learn about feelings and emotions as well as look for guidance on how – or how NOT to use them. Realistic fiction encourages exploration of relationships and the various emotional and physical aspects of them. Authors like Judy Blume, Theodore Taylor, Gertrude Warner, and Beverly Cleary offer readers the opportunity to experience life vicariously from a new perspective. Although direct moral lessons are not served up on a platter, realistic fiction offers something better to the reader: the opportunity to have grand adventures, solve mysteries, and debate solutions to problems – as well as discover empathy and personal insight along the way.
ART- Make dioramas with the children that showcase their favorite parts of the story.or the Diorama of the children's boxcar and the setting surrounding it.
Let everyone dress up as their favorite character from the story of a day
Draw a photo of their favorite character or scene.
MATH- Discuss the story with the students, and let them predict what happens next. Create a chart and see which predictions were most accurate with percentages or Venn diagrams etc.
LANGUAGE ARTS/WRITING- Let students choose their favorite character, and have them keep a journal from the characters' point of view. Have the students write how they felt, what they did and who they interacted with in each reading assignment.
Social Studies-Do an oral presentation of things the children had to do to survive and the people they met and how they lived off the land as the native americans did.
Extensions to Other Subjects
Math & Geography – Each student in the class would pick a favorite author and find the location in which they currently live. Then students would find the distance between the authors locations and their own by using maps and subtraction. This would also lead to the students mapping out a path on a worksheet they receive to show the path of travel.
Art – Have each students use any type of artistic media to show one of their favorite parts of the book or one of their favorite items such as the lunchbox alarm.
Lesson Plan for vocabulary
Students will think of 5 words they commonly misspell and do a little work for each word. First they will write the word correctly five times. Next they will come up with a sentence for the correct meaning of the word. Lastly, they will come up with a short note on how they will remember how to spell the word.
Leigh Botts is a young elementary student who has many struggles in life. His favorite author and he start a correspondence because of school assignment he has. The letters continue for years until Mr. Henshaw suggests that Leigh start a journal. Leigh is able to use Mr. Henshaw’s advice and direction to become a better writer and a happier child. This book is a great read for young students because many of the issue he struggles with are common still today almost 20 years later.
Students will use what they have learned from the book to write a letter to either Mr. Henshaw and ask them questions they have about the book or anything they have to say that is related to the book. For example if a student in class has a similar experience they could share it.