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Chandler Johnson

Realistic Fiction Module

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Here are my annotations for the realistic fiction module. I read Shut my mouth wide open: Realistic fiction and social action.


Writing Task

According to the article Shut My Mouth Wide Open: Realistic Fiction and Social Action written by Cynthia A. Tyson, does she feel that fairy tales should be taught throughout the curriculum? Why or why not?

She feels like fairy tales should not be in the curriculum because for some children, they will not be able to connect to the story and will not want to learn. So, she decided to change up the story and have more contemporary stories so that the students will want to learn  However, I think that it depends on where you are teaching and the demographics of the school you are in. People in some areas might be interested in the fairy tales, or you could change up the fairy tales a little bit to represent who the students are.

 In the article Depictions and Gaps: Portrayal of U.S. Poverty in Realistic Fiction Children's Picture Books why is it that some areas in the books reflect the reality in the United States, but areas such as poverty are misrepresented? Provide examples and support your thoughts

I think authors are getting better at representing all areas of society whether it be different genders, socioeconomic class or different races and ethnicities. However, I think that poverty is underrepresented because it is not the norm. Also some people who are writing the stories may be middle class and may not know anyone who is poor. I think it has gotten better as the time goes on and that people are more aware of different cultures and types of people. 


Participation Task

For my lesson plan I am going to use the book Allie's Basketball Dream by Barbara E. Barber, Barber. It would be geared towards third grade and I think it would be a good book because around third grade a lot of students enjoy watching and playing basketball.

Summery- Allie's always been hooked on basketball, but the boys she knows won't play with her. On the verge of giving up, Allie has one last go at it--and she makes the basket! Inspired by her persistence, her friends all want to join in. 

At the beginning of the lesson I would have a piece of paper on the board and ask the students what information they know about the genre Realistic Fiction. I would write them on the piece of paper. Once I was done with that I will read the book aloud to the class. As I am reading the story, I would ask important questions about why Allie enjoys basketball and why the boys do not want to play with her. After I read the story, I would have the students go to their desk and fill out an organizer that talks about main events, and details. FInally I would end the lesson by asking two or three students what they learned.