Thursday, April 26, 2012

Well, today I stumbled along a website called FanFiction. Before today I actually had no idea what
fan fiction even was. But, luckily we live in a world where it only takes a matter of seconds to look
something up and discover what it is. I've come to the conclusion that fan fiction is basically fictional pieces
written about an original work by fans of that said piece of literature. :-) After I found out what fan fiction
was, I was able to understand what I was looking at on this site. As I browsed through, I found many things I was familiar with, or that are commonly found in the ELA classroom. Some of the featurted books on the
site that I recognized were Goosebumps, Gulliver's Travels, The Great Gatsby, The Hunger Games, The Scarlett Letter and even Beowulf. I clicked on a few books and found some work written by students about the literature. I looked at a student-created piece entitled "Lady Macbeth's Diary" and another called "The Students of Venice" and I even found one called "Animal Farm -- Eviction." I thought these were pretty creative and I could see several uses for them in the classroom. I think that this would be a good way for students to gain confidence with their own fiction writing by publishing it on this site. Or, if students or the teacher do not feel comfortable with putting work on the internet for everyone to see, it could be a resource to use in the classroom as a model to students. Students could view some of the work other students have done, and likewise create their own work that will not be shared outside of their own classroom. Either way, I definitely see possibilities for this website in the classroom. Check it out if you'd like:

1 comment:

  1. I think using fan fiction in the classroom would be a really good idea. It gives students focus because they would have limits, but creativity can thrive. It's a good thing to give students a little bit of freedom, and freedom with some limits for a writing assignment can really help them understand certain themes and characters. It will even help students strengthen their writing skills.