Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Genre: Close to home or out of this world? - Section 2: Mini-Lesson


When it comes to providing evidence for the Genre they have determined, there are many aspects to a story that students can refer to. First, they can think about the characters in the story. Even if those characters are not real, could they be? If a character, Peter, is a typical 4th grade boy that lives in a big city, that should be proof for students that this book is Realistic Fiction. If there are talking animals or aliens living on earth, the proof is clear that it’s Fantasy. Next, students can think about the setting. Even if a town isn’t real, could it be? Are there normal streets and neighborhoods and schools or shops or is it set in outer space? Finally, students need to think about the events that take place in the story. Again, even if these events didn’t really happen in real life, could they? What’s most important for kids to realize is that if any one of those aspects are the least bit unrealistic, then the story qualifies as Fantasy. Even if Peter is a typical 4th grader from New York City that goes to the park and hangs out with friends, if he suddenly flies like a bird from the playground to a building rooftop, it’s a Fantasy book!  These are interesting topics to discuss with kids and they make for great conversations during Book Clubs.

  How do you know if it's Realistic Fiction or Fantasy for sure?
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: How do you know if it's Realistic Fiction or Fantasy for sure?
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Genre: Close to home or out of this world?

Unit 4: Genre Unit
Lesson 2 of 5

Objective: SWBAT distinguish between Realistic Fiction and Fantasy within familiar Narrative text

Big Idea: Understanding that characters, settings, and events in a story either could happen in real life or could never happen in a million years!

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