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    Fantasy/realism
    By RB

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    Our class just finished a unit which incorporated fantastic elements, and was grounded in the Houghton Mifflin Series. We read a number of stories over the course of several weeks, each with animal characters who were 'fantastic.' We specifically used the story of Julius to generate two webs -- the first regarding things realistic pigs would do, the second things that Julius would do. Students finally created their own webs for the animal of their choice, then illustrated a sentence using the web. We put the whole thing together in a fantasy animal book. We've moved on to nonfiction, and students were able to recognize without prompting that our recent read is realistic...I'll still need to connect this concept to other genres as we continue through the year, but it gave them a good grounding in the fantasy/realism connection.


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