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Contemporary Realistic Fiction

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Makenzie Smith

on 18 March 2013

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By: Grace and Makenzie Contemporary Realistic Fiction A Genre Defined: According to Text Book: "Through the Eyes of a Child" defines Contemporary Realistic Fiction as "everything in a realistic story - including plot, characters, and setting - is consistent with the lives of real people in our contemporary world. The word 'realistic' does not mean that the story is true, however; it means only that the story could have happened." According to Us: We believe that Contemporary Realistic Fiction is any work of fiction that relates to our lives in such a way that the events that take place could happen to you or someone you know. They are completely plausible events. The Value of Realistic Fiction Literary Elements of Realistic Fiction Plot
Style Plot: It's Elements and How It's
Changed. Society-against-Self
Person-against-Self (most common) Major components:
Achievement of peace. Characterization: "Readers know the characters immediately. Their hopes, fears, pasts and presents."
Often involves symbolism
Different writing styles express characterization. Theme: Helps to tie everything together through struggles and learning to overcome them
Gives readers a sense of security when learning the lessons the protagonists learn Style: Enhances all other elements of literature
Types of style that enhance:
Vivid descriptions
Figures of Speech
Poetry Realistic Fiction Has Changed Changes from one era to another
i.e. Family roles, gender roles, emphasis on religion and authority
Changes from one culture to another Criticism and
Controversial Issues New Realism and the Problem Novel New Realism: books having serious coming-of-age stories
Lower-class families
Harsh, difficult settings
Colloquial language
Change in attitude
Problem Novel: the conflict is specific rather than universal
Emphasis on external environment
Grievances and anxieties in protagonist
Protagonist achieves temporary relief from unconventional adult
First Person
Limited vocabulary
Flat language
Expletives are an obligation
Sex is discussed
Urban Setting Controversial Issues Major Issues:
political views
treatment of minorities
stereotyped roles of women
problems of society
profane language Other Issues to be aware of :
Family Problems Sexism: Oppressive gender roles hurt boys and girls
Literature can be used as a means of dialogues and real-world learning with issues of gender. Sexuality: Deals with:
Sexual relationships
Sexual development
Homosexual experiences
Sex education
Transgender issues Violence: Inner-city settings where violence and drugs play a role
Good discussion starters to help students to deal with feelings Profanity: Objectionable language is looked down upon but has changed
"Heck" and "Darn" were considered objectionable in the '50s Family Problems & Other Issues Issues include:
Lack of strong adult role models
Child drug use Selecting Controversial Fiction Subjects in
Fiction Selecting Controversial Fiction: "Only the non-reader fears books." -Richard Peck
When selecting:
Know exactly what might be considered controversial
Ascertain the author's point of view
Apply literary criteria
Know and be able to explain your purpose for using a particular book. Subjects: Family Life Growing Up Survival Death People as individuals, Not stereotypes Multicultural literature Animals, Mysteries,
Sports, Humor, and
Realistic Fiction
For Adolescents More Realistic Subjects: Animals
Sports Stories
Humor Animals Stories: Different from animals in traditional
lit and modern fantasy
Must portray animals w/o human thoughts or motives
Follows normal animal behaviors
Encourages children to respond to needs of animals w/o being too sentimental Mysteries: Made up of suspense that provide escape by suggesting kids can solve mysteries.
Four things that make mysteries exciting:
Exciting plot
Enough clues
Clues should be written so children can try to solve the mystery Sports: Deals with :
Fair Play
Value of sports
Overcoming conflicts between father and son
Overcoming fear of sports
Important to sport franchises Humor: One of children's favorite subjects
Help kids understand that life isn't always serious
Put a happier face on real problems For Adolescents: Feature more mature themes
Hopeful message
Focus on protagonists' struggle for self-identity and acceptance Contemporary Realistic Fiction Books to Check Out: Little Women
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
Hope Was Here
It's Not the End of the World
Football Fugitive
Al Capone Does My Shirts
Walk Two Moons
The Loud Silence of Francine Green
My Side of the Mountain Old Yeller
Story of Mexico
Joey Pigza Loses Control
The Mystery of Drear House
Song of the Swallows
The Girl with a Baby
The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt
The Exiles
Drummers of Jericho
Dicey's Song
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