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ERIC Number: EJ869551
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1481-1782
Using Fan Fiction to Teach Critical Reading and Writing Skills
Kell, Tracey
Teacher Librarian, v37 n1 p32-35 Oct 2009
In this article, the author talks about fan fiction, which is defined by Jenkins (2008) as "original stories and novels which are set in the fictional universe of favorite television series, films, comics, games or other media properties." Fan fiction generally involves writing stories with a combination of established characters and established "worlds" or settings with established histories of how the character normally interacts in its usual world or setting. Fan fiction authors generally take one or a combination of these elements and write a story line that is different from what the original author produced. Individuals who write fan fiction often change characters, introduce their favorite characters to characters from other works, or place their characters into new settings. The author discusses how she used fan fiction to teach critical reading and writing skills.
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Language: English
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