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Transcript of Realistic Fiction
& Melanie Wiggins Realistic Fiction What characteristics define realistic fiction? Form of fiction (not true)
Accurately reflects life as it could be lived today
The story could actually happen to real people in the natural physical world
Characters have normal human powers
Language and actions are believable
Setting, culture, and social class in which they live are believable
Story is not based on history and does not contain elements of historical fiction
Does not dictate specific moral and ethical beliefs What makes realistic fiction appealing to middle grades students? Many realistic fiction books depict the lives of people just like them
Most of these books are coming-of-age, or have characters dealing with difficult challenges in adolescence, which can make students feel like they're not alone How does this genre lend itself to teaching content? Realistic fiction is based off of events that are probable
Students can relate to things that could be reality
Useful in writing classes and to expand the writing abilities of students How can teachers better help students understand this genre? Appeals to students because they typically can relate to at least one character in the story
Allowing students to practice writing their own realistic fiction stories What criteria should be considered when evaluating literature from this genre? Are the stories engaging and true-to-life?
Do they include characters that are well rounded, but also wise and foolish as they grow and change?
Is there an accurate reflection of contemporary human life without stereotyping?
Is it sensitive to all people regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, SES status, social group, or culture?
Does the plot appeal to YA's?
Does the plot inspire?
Is the setting believable?
Is there appropriate treatment of violence?
Does the language accurately reflect the characters? How to choose appropriate texts for your classroom Book lists from Good Reads http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/realistic-fiction
Use your peer relationships
Read and evaluate the text before handing it to students Key Authors Sarah Dessen
Laurie Halse Anderson
Jacqueline Woodson What about classic and essential genres in realistic fiction? Sub-Genres:
Humor Awards Schneider Family Book Award
The Pura Belpré Award Realistic, realistic fiction... How should I use this in my classroom? Ensure that students can gain more in depth understanding of problems and relationships
Expand students' references to view life from other perspectives
Ensures children that their problems are not unique and they are not alone Graphic novels
Poetry Can this be controversial? Realistic fiction has many controversial topics:
Mental, physical, and behavioral challenges Abuse
Homelessness and poverty