ERIC Number: EJ891909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
Keeping It Real: How Realistic Does Realistic Fiction for Children Need to Be?
Language Arts, v87 n6 p465-471 Jul 2010
O'Connor, an author of realistic fiction for children, shares her attempts to strike a balance between carefree, uncensored, authentic, realistic writing and age-appropriate writing. Of course, complicating that balancing act is the fact that what seems age-appropriate to her might not seem so to everyone. O'Connor suggests that while it may be easy to romanticize the idea of being so immersed in writing that you wouldn't even think about setting limits, there comes a time when authors must step back and examine their work with a discerning eye, asking, "Is this too real for my intended audience?" She explores this question through examinations of five story elements: dialogue, character, family relationships, economic class, and endings.
Descriptors: Authors, Fiction, Childrens Literature, Audience Awareness, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Literary Devices, Nonstandard Dialects, Language Usage, Censorship, Reader Text Relationship, Socioeconomic Status, Story Grammar, Family Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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