A Second Grade Unit of Study
A K-2 child's understanding of Realistic Fiction
*a made up story that could have happened to humans living in the everyday world
*a story that could happen, but did not exactly happen to the writer
*the character's name is not the same as the author's
*the character has a problem
*the character works out the problem (solution)
*the story is not written in the "I", "Me", or "My" voice
What are the goals of a Realistic Fiction unit of study?
Teach students how to...
*develop a ficitonal character (close to the author's own age)
*write realistic fiction with a focus on problem & solution
*think of different possible solutions to the problem that the character faces
*build tension and create suspense
*include all elements of story learned from reading into writing
*use the strategies learned from the previous narrative writing units (dialogue, internal thinking, show not tell, tiny details and stretching the important part) with increase independence
How many stories is a child apt to write in this unit?
*Kindergarten writers might write 4-6, then revise one of them
*First grade writers are apt to write three, then revsie one extensively
*Second graders might write and extensively revise only two...perhaps three
What are some possible "bends in the road" for this unit?
*Bend 1: Generating Realistic Fiction Stories - writing stories that include elements of realistic fiction: realistic character, problem, solutions.
*Bend 2: Writing fiction stories really well, so that the stories are crafted so that the problem the character encounters is developed, tension is built and story language is used.
Bend 3: Drafting stories and pausing in the midst to revise in ways that do the above and also develop characters and bring out detail. Revision can also involve rereading and revising a favorite previously written story
*Bend 4: Revising and Editing and Publishing to Share Our Stories
What are some possible conferences?
*"Could this really happen? Is this believable?"
*"Getting into trouble?"
*"Coming up with solutions?"
*"Adding internal thought"
*"Envisioning your character"
*"Writing powerful endings"
*Showing, not telling character feelings
Read Aloud: Touchstone Texts:
The Stray Dog by Marc Simmot
Jamaica's Tag-Along by Juanita Havill
Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber
Jessica by Kevin Henkes
The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill & Laura Hulisksa-Blith
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovel
Goggles by Ezra Jack Keats
"Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate by Bob Graham
Amanda's Perfect Hair by Linda Millstine
William's Doll by Charlotte Zolotow
Not Norman, a Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennet & Noah Z. Jones