Fan-Fiction to teaching writing
Fan-fiction, the Social Aspect, and writing skills
Fan-Fiction in Relation to the Social Aspect of Literacy: How the Social Relationship Influences Student Writing Skills.
Learn how to use fan-fiction in the classroom to enhance and motivate students to write. Fan-fiction is where people continue a story they don't want to end. They write their own versions of stories, movies, and series. These stories are shared between others who have the same interests. Children are social and are motivated to write when there is a purpose. Using something students enjoy as a prompt is a perfect way to encourage writing.
What is fan-fiction
Click these links to learn more about what fan-fiction is.http://www.loony-archivist.com/ptcarchive/faql.html
The social part of fan-fiction
Many users on the fan sites connect with people from all over the world. They use these other social technologies to communicate.
People who have connected from the fan sites communicate outside of the site. Some become friends and video chat with each other.
They become friends on social networks like Facebook.
Many of the fans who become friends chat online, and even help each other write new material through these mediums.
This is the most popular fan site out there. The Land (2009) article explores how a girl used this website to connect and interact with other fans. Through this site, she made friends with people who had the same interests. https://www.fanfiction.net/
This is another popular site that thousands of fans use to write their own stories and socially connect with other users.
This is another very popular site with 1071203 works. To join this site you must request to be invited. People on this site can also make profiles and connect with people.
The social connections improve writing skills
Teachers can use information like this to motivate their students to become better writers, and even readers. The social connections gained through fan-fiction encourages students to write because they know their peers will be reading their work, and the people reading share the same interest in the original work.
Is it safe to use fan-fiction in school?
How can teachers use fan-fiction in the classroom?
Below are links to helpful ideas on how to use fan-fiction in your class. http://blogs.slj.com/connect-the-pop/2012/11/comics/guest-post-by-christopher-shamburg-when-the-lit-hits-the-fan-in-teacher-education/
Here is a list of resources related to the topic that you may find helpful!
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