No Series: Realistic Fiction: Bringing Words to Life

Realistic Fiction: Bringing Words to Life

Lesson Objective: Use realistic fiction to engage reluctant middle school readers
Grades 6-8 / ELA / Engagement

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. Why does the author believe in exposing pre-teens to sensitive topics?
  2. How could realistic fiction be integrated with social studies?
  3. How might you use the rich language of realistic fiction to build vocabulary?

2 Comments

  • Private message to Andrea Pelzel
My 7th and 8th grade struggling readers really liked Locomotion and Miracle's Boys! I love her books. Very real.
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  • Private message to charla wilson
Oh, Jacquueline Woodson was my favorite author as a teen. Thanks for the interview!
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Transcripts

  • Jon Scieszka meets children's author, Jacqueline Woodson, and they discuss the content of her books and her ideas. For primary

    Jon Scieszka meets children's author, Jacqueline Woodson, and they discuss the content of her books and her ideas. For primary and secondary English students.

    Jon, the best sellin American children's writer and US ambassador for children's literature, asks Jacqueline what she sets out to achieve when she writes her realistic fiction and questions whether some of the topics are suitable for children.

    Jacqueline, who writes for younger children and teenagers, explains that by tackling sensitive issues, such as race and death, can be really beneficial to children and informative.

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