Students have been learning about the difference between fiction,
writing a variety of fiction stories (remember our Penguin stories?) and
allowing their imagination lead them across pages. Students then began
writing informational text on real topics they knew a lot about and are
now researching and writing reports on Vermont animals. Before we
begin writing realistic fiction stories (and before every genre we study)
I immerse the class in the genre during literacy learning.
Throughout this week and the following, we have been immersed in
realistic fiction books. We've read a variety of realistic fiction stories
about a variety of animals in North America. Students are learning
about a variety of story elements and identifying them while reading,
using a comparative story map. INQUIRE with your child what these
words mean in stories - character, setting, problem, and solution.
Students are learning that all good authors include these elements
when writing. Some students are even beginning to identify the
different events that occur in a story that lead up to the climax.
To help your child prepare to write their own realistic fiction story,
have them practice telling you a story about their Vermont Animal
orally, complete with a beginning, middle, and endl!