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How fan fiction inspires children to read and write and write and write

How fan fiction inspires children to read and write and write and write
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“If you’re a student who does not read much, I can probably find a fan-fic story for you,” Stivers said. “Suppose you like manga and anime. There are literally hundreds of thousands of stories you can find online. This is another access point for literacy for children. ”*

As a librarian, Stivers will read in advance everything she recommends for students to monitor age-appropriate. And in the era of distance education, she said that reading fit can be much more accessible than waiting for a physical book; it is much easier to print pages with fit for students to read instead of waiting for the arrival of a physical book or waiting for it to be returned by the patron. Fan fic can also be written quickly by fandoms, while writers can take a few years to write a book.

Teaching Fiction

“When I was in high school, I did not enjoy reading,” said Andrew Tucker, an English teacher at Manchester Valley High School in Maryland. Only when his Shakespeare teacher showed him that a love of literature has the same value as a love of movies, video games or comics. He learned how to analyze stories and reflect on characters outside the typical literary canon and to see what he enjoyed reading, watching and playing. As a kid, Tucker loved Star Wars, Batman, Godzilla, and Dragon Ball Z.

You can see stories everywhere – in books, movies and games. And one type of story Tucker teaches his students is the Hero’s journey. It is a framework for telling stories that were popular in the fifties by Joseph Campbell, but date from ancient mythology. One of the most visible modern examples of the hero’s journey is in the movie Star Wars. When Tucker learns a unit about Beowulf fan fiction, he starts showing students a clip from Star Wars to show Luke Skywalker answering the call to adventure and crossing the threshold – the key elements of the hero’s journey. Students then write from the perspective of someone who is not a Beowulf character – the mother of the monster Grendel. Tucker advises students to compile the details they want, but they can not contradict anything that appears in the original poem.

“I even once had a student say, ‘Are we actually writing Grendel fan fiction? “I said, ‘Yes, you are.’ But you show me that you understand, A, how to write a story, and B, that you can write from a different point of view. ‘

Tucker’s excitement about stories attracts the attention of Kirstie Troutman, a school colleague. Her son, Drew, is passionate about writing, and she hired Tucker as a tutor to help him explore fan fiction.

“If your child participates in sports, you will be looking for the teams that can build the skills and coaches,” Troutman said. ‘[Writing] this is where my son’s interest is, so I found that the coach would suit him with his interest. ”

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Fan fiction and learning

When Tanner Higgin was a high school student, he was not motivated to do homework. He would do the minimum to stay on a university road. But when he discovered a Star Wars fiction community through an America Online hub, his world and word count expanded.

“It was an awful lot of writing,” Higgin said of his contributions.

The Star Wars community is designed as a massive role-playing game. It involves writing dialogue and storylines for characters, creating challenges and organizing the members of the community. Higgin started writing for Han Solo, but was eventually appointed to write for the Imperial Powers and bring order to a riotous group.

“The imperial side of this community is constantly dealing with mutiny,” Higgin recalled. “There was always someone who wanted to grab the power and break the power down, so you need a lot of management to keep things in check.”

Higgin’s organizational skills received attention in the group and he was asked to take on more management roles. It held regular meetings, sent official emails, and drafted rules and regulations for the community.

“I eventually promoted and was one of the leaders for a while and really expanded my leadership skills,” Higgin said. All of the Star Wars fiction writing and community organizing skills were important developmental experiences that he only appreciated when he was a schoolteacher to motivate his own students.

‘It was really my introduction to the idea that you can take something you love and take your own turn on it, and the most important thing is to build a shared world and a variety of improvisational theater with other people – play the contributions from other people and really try to think and act from the perspective of a character and how that character would react to other people, ‘said Higgin, who is director of the editorial strategy for education at Common sense. “It was really a mind-expanding way of thinking about what art is.”

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Fan Fic community

One unique element of fan fiction is the community that supports writers. The feedback writers get in fan-fiction communities helps them get better.

Professor Rebecca Swart learned how useful fan-fiction communities can be when she studies English language students who write fan-fiction. These students felt insecure about their language skills at school, but developed confidence by writing in fit get forums and feedback.

‘They really introduced themselves as’ I’m not a good writer’, ‘I’m not very good at English’, ‘I hate the English class’,’ I hate school ‘, but they spend hours and hours on it writing these stories. online that people read about and gave feedback on, ”said Black, professor of computer science at UC Irvine.

Involving online forums can be risky for parents of adolescents, but Black says the community focuses mostly on writing. It’s also a place where teens can interpret some of the problems they face through characters in their stories.

I was part of sites where people were very strong in their criticism of writing and feedback, ‘Black said,’ but never just the kind of abuse that I think many parents worry about. ‘

Fan fiction, however, is not without critics. Fan fiction is becoming more visible for its sexual reputation with the popularity of sexual storylines, the HBO show “Euphoria” and the bestseller of the decade, “50 Shades of Gray.” For these reasons – in addition to time constraints and test requirements – teachers mostly kept their distance from deep fan fiction. However, this does not mean that teenagers stay away.

For students interested in writing fan fiction, teacher-librarian Julia Torres recommends the tools NaNoWriMo it can help people get into the author’s habit. As for reading fan fiction, fanfiction.net has a rating system for what is suitable, as you see in movies, and to which teenagers flock Archive of our own.

“Give your students the freedom to read it without proving to you that it fits in with some kind of adult guidelines,” Torres said, “because it’s something we can not enjoy in a reading life that is free of “Restrictions do not really allow children. And there is a reason for their curiosity.”

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