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Karen Synnett

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Transcript of Comparing Literary NONFICTION to FICTIONAL ADAPTATION

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In Fiction
the author creates a story from:

characters and dialogue



Some forms of NONFICTION are told in a way similar to fiction...

Biography - when someone writes the story of a person's life through letters, documents to tell what that person did and felt.

a book one writes about his life.
The story written in first-person point of view by that person. May use character, plot and theme to shape the story, but also has real dates, places, and events.

Similar to an autobiography, but focuses on how the author overcame a personal struggle.
Personal Narrative - fact-based personal story about a particular event.

Diary - a daily reflection written by someone about the day's events or the feelings or reactions to those events.
Fictional Adaptation
A fictionalized story created based on a person's biography, autobiography, memoirs or diary. The author will include elements of fiction including other characters and dialogue.
Nonfiction Accounts
When you compare and contrast a work of literary nonfiction to an adaptation:
Look for how the characters are described

Look for the use of dialogue, especially by other characters

Look for figurative language such as metaphors and similes

Look for plot elements such as rising action, climax and resolution -
remember life is messier than fiction and we don't usually have a
clear-cut plot line running through our biographies!

Look for how the narrator is talking...any dialect being used?
Recounts actual events
Contains nonfiction features such as dates, place names, and statistics
Fictional Adaptations
Fictional Adaptations
Contains elements of fiction including:
characters, dialogue, and plot
. The narrator may use
dialect, figurative language, and made-up details!!!
Adapt = change to suit
I Never Had It Made
An autobiography by Jackie Robinson
The Jackie Robinson Story

I remember that my parents were angry about that test grade. I was so disappointed that I had once again let them down.

Fictional Adaptation:
"I can't believe you didn't study for this test! You knew how important it was." The tears began to well up like puddles in Trisha's eyes. She knew she had disappointed them again, and she knew it was her fault.
Nonfiction is
much different
Topics, main ideas, facts...

My grandfather was born into slavery, and although my mother and my father, Mallie and Jerry Robinson, lived during an era when physical slavery had been abolished, they also lived in a newer, more sophisticated kind of slavery than the kind Mr. Lincoln struck down. My parents were married in 1909, and my father worked on a plantation for twelve dollars a month. My mother encouraged him to confront his boss and ask for a better deal. Since he didn't want to lose him, the boss agreed to let my father become a "half-cropper." That means that, instead of working for a flat sum, he would get half the profits from whatever he produced from the earth. My father began to make more money and to provide a better living for his family -- my mother and five children. Six months after I was born in 1919, my father told my mother he was going to visit his brother in Texas. I learned as a grown man he had been complaining that he was tired of farming and he had been spending an increasing amount of time in Cairo, the city closest to the plantation. My mother was afraid that my father would not come back, and her fears were justified. Later she learned that he had left home and gone away with a neighbor's wife.
Are you with me so far?
These were all NONFICTION
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