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2 Contemporary Realistic Fiction
By: Kelly Harper & Cynthia Howard

3 What is Contemporary Realistic Fiction?
Genre that mirrors life Books have characters, events, and plots that have not actually happened in real life, but could actually happen Characters deal with life’s ups and downs in realistic ways

4 Survival and Adventure
Genres Within Animals Humor Mystery Problem Novels Series Books Sports Survival and Adventure

5 Major Themes Overcoming fears and accepting responsibilities
Understanding families, divorce, and adoption Accomplishing goals in sports Developing and Maturing

6 More Themes Finding Romance
Finding friends: Relationships, alienation, and a sense of belonging

7 Coping with violence, crime, alcohol, and drug abuse
Themes Cont. Coping with violence, crime, alcohol, and drug abuse Living with physical and mental disabilities

8 Themes Cont. Coping with death, disease, accidents, and suicide, and growing old Developing an understanding of sexual issues Living in global society: politics, war, prejudice, conflicts, religion

9 Choosing Quality Literature Within the Genre
Realistic Setting Credible, non-stereotypical characters- multidimensional, change over time Believable problems, solved in culturally grounded and realistic ways Natural dialogue Theme applicable to children’s lives

10 How the Genre Has Evolved Over Time
Time Period Description Pre 1960’s Many realities of human existence (pregnancy, crime, social injustice, etc) deemed “unsuitable” for children and not included in children’s literature Mid 1960s American society changes (Vietnam War, civil rights movement, etc) Effects were too widespread to hide and young people began to be seen as full citizens. Darker subject matter was introduced into children’s books 1970s- Present Society continues to change and topics reflecting that change appear in children’s literature (AIDS, drugs in schools, inner-city survival, terrorism, etc.)

11 Why Realistic Fiction? MY Life- shared problems and situations
Allows children to identify with characters and deal with issues in a different way Judy Blume

12 R.F. for Young Children Barbara Park: Primary
Paula Danzinger: Primary/mid. school humor Beverly Cleary: Primary/mid school humor Judy Blume: Preteen

13 Notable Pre-teen/Teen Authors
Judy Blume:  teen/pre-teen problem novels Betsy Byers:  Pre teen problem novels Virginia Hamilton:  African Am. Experience Lois Lowry:  teen/pre-teen problem Phyllis R. Naylor:  adolescent humor, animal stories Gary Paulsen:  survival & adventure fiction Jerry Spinelli:  teen/ pre teen problem Laurie Halse Anerson: YA problem Chris Crutcher:  YA

14 R.F. for Older Children Carolyn Coman (Many Stones)
Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak) Alex Finn (Breathing Underwater)

15 Favorites

16 Notables Taboos of literature are tested Most popular genre
Changed drastically over time Bibliotherapy

17 Bibliography Bucher, K. & Hinton, K. (2010). Young adult literature: Exploration, evaluation, and appreciation. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. Jacobs, J.S. & Tunnell, M.O. (2008). Children’s literature, briefly. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

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