Realistic Fiction: A Let’s Work Together Teaching Guide

By Laura Robb | September 9 2019 | English Language Arts

Dear Teacher,

A favorite genre of students, realistic fiction opens a window into their world and their hopes and dreams, and often validates their life experiences. Bonding to realistic stories can happen quickly as students connect with characters that experience a similar range of emotions, relationships, problems, and wonderings. When students relate to realistic plots, they can connect deeply to characters, the antagonistic forces they struggle against, and the decisions they make. Realistic fiction is a genre that also appeals to developing readers because the stories can have relevance to their challenges, hopes, and dreams. All learners can connect to the range of emotions characters experience in a world that’s familiar. Let’s capitalize on the impact realistic fiction can have on students’ reading lives as they bond with characters that show them alternate ways to cope with similar problems and situations.

Laura Robb

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