Textbook Assignment #3

Poetry, Realistic Fiction & Science Fiction & Fantasy

poetry

What I Know...

I know that a lot of people associate poetry with rhyming, chants, songs and nursery rhymes. Most people think that they are not usually written in paragraph form but in stanzas. I also know that there a lot of people that are afraid of poetry because they do not understand it and fear having the incorrect interpretation.

What I Learned...

I learned that poetry is not a genre of its own but a form that literature can take. I learned that poetry can be found in several different genres like fantasy, historical fiction, realistic fiction and traditional literature.

Criteria for Evaluating Poetry for Children...

  • Kids prefer narrative poetry
  • They dislike free verse and haiku
  • Rhyme and rhythm and sound devices were strong preferences
  • Funny poems were popular along with poems about familiar experiences and about animals
  • There was a preference for contemporary poems
  • lively poems with rhythm and meters
  • Emphasize sound and play on words
  • Visual images and words that allow children's imagination to expand
  • Simple stories and introducing stirring scenes of action
  • Poems shouldn't be brought down to a child's supposed level
  • Allow children to interact with poem
  • Subjects should touch the child
  • Good enough for reported readings

What I Still Need to Learn...

I need to learn how to take the fear of poetry out of students that have the "meaning" of the poem shoved down their throats.

Sharing Information With Others...

I will share this valuable information with others by putting the link to my Smores flyer on my web page.

Sources...

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realistic fiction

What I Know...

I know that realistic fiction is believable. It is something that can really happen and it has a theme.

What I Learned...

I learned that realistic fiction is sometimes known as contemporary realistic fiction or modern realistic fiction. These are stories that are set in modern times.I did not realize that everything within the story is consistent with the real world.


I learned that a good piece of realistic fiction has more than one theme. Themes should emerge slowly and consistently.


Realistic fiction is good about covering sensitive and tough topics like death and loss, sexuality and sexual orientation, family structures and many more. These topics are becoming more and more common in these areas.

Criteria for Evaluating Realistic Fiction for Children...

  1. Is everything consistent with the real world in which contemporary kids live?
  2. Does the theme emerge naturally from the story? Does it avoid being preachy?
  3. How does the topic or subject matter of the book relate to modern readers?

What I Need to Learn...

I need to become more familiar with all the different titles and the different topics and subject matters they cover so that I can guide and direct students to these books when I know they are dealing with certain issues.

How I Will Share With Others...

I will share this valuable information with others by putting the link to my Smores flyer on my web page.

fantasy and science fiction

What I Know...

I know that fantasy and science fiction have events in them that can not happen in the real world.

What I Learned...

I learned a better way of stating the definition of Fantasy and Science Fiction...Stories that violate the laws of physical reality fall into the genre of fantasy fiction. I also learned the all of science fiction falls into the fantasy genre, but not all fantasy is science fiction.

Criteria for Evaluating Science Fiction and Fantasy for Children...

  1. Despite the fantastic aspects of the story, characters must behave in believable ways.
  2. There must still be rules for the fantasy world.
  3. Authors must assist readers in the "willing suspension of disbelief.
  4. The themes should explore universal truths.

What I Need to Learn...

I need to learn more about the literature in this genre. It is not my favorite so I have to make myself read these types of books. I know the students love these, so if I want to have great classroom discussions, I have to read in this genre.

How I Will Share With Others...

I will share this valuable information with others by putting the link to my Smores flyer on my web page.