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

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Fan Fiction 101: Part 1: What is fanfiction? And why do people write it?

The social part of fan-fiction

Fan-fiction comes with a social side. Many people on these sites network with others from all over the world. People talk and connect over their favorite stories. The sites below are real fan-fiction sites that people from all over the world use to write and read new fictions. Each site is different and there are thousands out there. People who enjoy fan-fiction can pick and choose the sites they want to join. On these sites people make profiles, and share information with each other.

Many users on the fan sites connect with people from all over the world. They use these other social technologies to communicate.

The social connections improve writing skills

Online fan sites can help users build writing skills through their social interactions. When young adult students finish a book or series, they want to talk about it. This is what leads some to online fan sites. Once on the sites users connect with other people who share the same passion for that book.

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?

Some of the fan-fiction sites are blocked at school. A site that is student friendly for school use is called, Where The Story Never Ends. Teachers can use this site to have their students read and write fan-fiction in a safe, content monitored site. Below is a link to the site that is useful for teachers and parents who want their students to participate in fan-fiction safely.

How can teachers use fan-fiction in the classroom?

Teachers can use fan-fiction to inspire students to write. Students are encouraged to write when they are interested in the topic, and when there is purpose behind the writing. Getting students to write about their favorite show, book, or movie to have their peers read will encourage them to work hard. Students will have an authentic audience to write for. Have your students read each others fictions. Who knows maybe some of them will connect over common interests.

Below are links to helpful ideas on how to use fan-fiction in your class.

Here is a list of resources related to the topic that you may find helpful!

Bergen, D. (1999). Technology in the classroom. Childhood Education, 76(2), 116-118.

Black , R. (2009). Online fan fiction, global identities, and imagination. Research in the Teaching of English,43(4), 397-425. Retrieved from

Bloome , D. (1985). Reading as a social process . Language Arts, 62(2), 134-142.

Curwood, J. S. (2013a). The hunger games: Literature, literacy, and online affinity spaces 2010). Language Arts, 90(6), 417-427.

Curwood, J. S. (2013b). Fan fiction, remix culture, and ThePotter Games. In V. E. Frankel (Ed.), Teaching withHarry Potter (pp. 81–92). Jefferson, NC: McFarland

Kell, T. (2009). Using Fan Fiction to Teach Critical Reading and Writing Skills. Teacher Librarian, 37(1), 32. doi: 44922937

Land , C. (2010). I do not own gossip girl": Examining the relationship between teens, fan fiction, and gossip girl. Language & Literacy: A Canadian Educational E-Journal, 12(1), 38-45. doi: 55317439

Leu, D. (2001). Exploring literacy on the internet: Internet project. The reading teacher, 54(6 ), 568-572. Retrieved from

McCardle, M. (2003). Fan fiction, fandom, and fanfare: what's all the fuss?. Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law, 9(2), 433-453.

Sprague, D. (2012). Use Fan Fiction with Elementary Students. Learning & Leading With Technology, 39(7), 28-29. doi: 75042024

For your use!

Here are some links that can be beneficial to you the teacher, parent or student. For every site there are guidelines and etiquette you must follow. It is good practice for students to learn structure for writing. The users on sites will call you out for bad grammar and not being respectful.

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My name is Anna, creator of this page. I hope this information has been helpful! All of this is to benefit the students!