Books for Units of Study in Writer's Workshop

Realistic Fiction

Realistic Fiction ~ Contains story elements. May or may not be true. Unfolds in continuous events and the reader enters into the world of the story, experiencing it as it happens. Definition paraphrased from Lucy Caulkins.

Katie Wood Ray states in Study Driven, " . . . the basic stance the fiction writer takes is to say,'I am making this up.'"

More realistic fiction in short story form can often be found in magazines such as Boys Life, American Girl, Ladybug, Cricket, Jack and Jill and Stone Soup.

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

From Kaie Wood Ray's book Study Driven,
Ish by Peter Reynolds
"Lets Get a Pup! Said Kate by Bob Graham
Moe McTooth by Eileen Spinelli
See the Ocean by Estelle Condra
The Ticky-Tacky Doll by Cynthia Rylant
Short Stories list from Study Driven:
No Easy Answers: Short Stories About Teenagers Making Tough Choices, Donald R. Gallo, editor
On Her Way: Stories and Poemms About Growing Up, Sandy Asher, editor
Places I Never Meant to Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers, Judy Blume, editor
Every Man for Himself" Ten Short Stories About Being a Guy, Nancy E. Mercado, editor
Gone from Home: Short Takes by Angela Johnson
Kissing Tennessee and Other Stories from the Stardust Dance by Kathi Appelt
Pst Perfect, Present Tense: New and Collected Stories, by Richard Peck
Local News by Gary Soto
Who Am I Without Him? Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives by Sharon Flake

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