Is it real or is it fantasy? This lesson introduces students to the literary concepts of realism and fantasy. Readers will practice this skill by using details in texts to distinguish the two genre elements.
Students will be able to use details in a text to distinguish between elements of realism and fantasy.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
Give each student ¼ sheet of a piece of white paper, in the shape of a rectangle.
Invite students to take five minutes to draw any picture they want to draw-- real or fantasy.
After five minutes has passed, have students share their drawings and discuss whether the pictures could happen in real life. Encourage students to justify their responses. Do one example with the class to model justifying a response.
Beginning: Ask students to talk to a partner about their drawings using English or their home language (L1).
Intermediate: Show an example of both real and fantasy illustrations before asking students to discuss.
Provide a sentence frame for student conversation, such as, My picture is ________ because it shows __________.