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  • 1.Reading and Writing with Fanfiction
    Michael Sapp
    Media Lesson #1
    L567

2. Reading and Writing with Fanfiction
This application is designed in two parts:
Student Notes
Teacher Notes
3. Teacher Notes
Intro
The Class
Rationale
Objectives
Schedule
Tips
Procedures
Evaluation
Materials
4. Intro- What is fan fiction (also known as fanfiction,fanfic,FF, orfic)?
Fan fictions are texts written about media and popular culture by fans. In these texts, fan fiction authors take up the characters and plotlines of the original media and creatively rework them by developing new relationships between characters, extending plot and timelines, creating new settings, and exploring novel themes (Black, 2006)
5. Intro- What is a Beta Reader?
A beta reader (or betareader, or beta) is a person who reads a work of fiction with a critical eye, with the aim of improving grammar, spelling, characterization, and general style of a story prior to its release to the general public.
-www.fanfiction.net
6. The Class
This application was designed for an ESL Writing class in an Intensive English Language Program type setting with intermediate-low to intermediate-high skill levels.
7. Rationale
As they read, students come to understand the different organizational structures writers use to communicate ideas (Freeman & Freeman pg. 30).
Reading helps students acquire writing skills, especially when students are interested in the subject matter and have background knowledge of the material.
Writing is a multi-phase, non-linear process that can benefit from peer review and revision.
Students writing fanfiction can focus more on the process of writing without having to create new characters or other predefined details.
Effective approaches to teaching writing, such as Writers Workshop, emphasize the importance of peer-to-peer discussion and review in helping students to develop meta-knowledge of their own writing processes (Black 2005, Piazza, 2003)
8. Rationale (continued)
The combination of predefined subject matter, social interaction, and interesting content make fanfiction based activities a beneficial activity for learning reading and writing skills.
Using and interacting with fanfiction and fanfiction forums helps improve new literacy skills.
Members of fanfiction.net engage in activities that are congruent with what we already know about best practice in writing instruction: that it is important to integrate multiple modes of meaning-making into literacy activities, that collaborative activity and discussion between peers enhances writing ability, and that language use is social and intimately tied to identity (Black, 2005).
9. Objectives
Students learn about fanfiction and become acquainted with the fanfiction writing and review process.
Students learn to search for fanfiction that they are interested in or have some background knowledge of.
Students learn about the process of writing including:
Multi-phase planning
Individual writing strategies
Recursive and generative editing involving rereading, assessing, reacting, and moving on.
Revision
Linguistic/Surface editing
My hope is that we can teach students not only to read critically but also creatively and free them to make the books they read for school into resources for their own imaginative speculations (Jenkins, 2008)
10. Objectives (cont.)
Students improve reading, composition, and new literacy skills by reading fanfiction, writing fanfiction, and through discussion and review of peers written works.
Students apply these skills to a class assigned book by reading, writing a fanfiction response, and reviewing peer work.
Referring to her study of ELLs using fanfiction Rebecca Black (2009) found that [i]n terms of basic print literacy, it is worth noting that through their fan-related activities, all three focal participants were able to practice and improve their English-language and composition skills.
11. Schedule
Day 1- Read and discuss examples of fanfiction
In-class/homework:
Write first draft of fanfiction using fanfiction template worksheet
Day 2 Beta Reading and next draft
In-class/homework:
Upload story to the forum
Post comments and reviews to other students fanfiction
12. Schedule (continued)
Day 3 Discuss novel and begin novel-based fanfiction
In-class/homework:
Write first draft of novel-based fanfiction using fanfiction template worksheets
Day 4 Beta Reading andnext draft
In-class/homework:
Write second draft of fanfiction and upload to forum
Post comments to other students fanfiction
13. Tips
Using schools private server space, setup open-source forum such as phpBBor Simple Machines Forums for students to publish fanfiction and post comments.
If server space is not available try nabble.
The days do not necessarily represent the next calendar day, but represent the next day planned for this assignment.
Encourage students to focus less on the final product and more on the process of creation.
When it comes to beta readers and peer comments, encourage and model the use of constructive criticism
14. Tips (continued)
This is a large assignment that requires the student to write at least 2 drafts for two assignments. Because of this, it will be helpful to encourage the production of short, but well-formed compositions as opposed to longer stories. I recommend the story be about one page in length.
This assignment is an introduction to the concepts and possibilities of the use of fanfiction in a classroom and is therefore fairly general in scope. As students become more comfortable with the concepts the lesson should be adapted to suite more specific aspects or learning objectives such as a specific writing skill or critical analysis technique.
15. Procedures:Day 1 - Reading
Review examples of fanfiction from sites such as fanfiction.net
Have students search for fanfiction in their native language
Students read 3 or 4 works of fanfiction (at least 2 in English).
Students should also read the comments and reviews for each story
Students individually fill out a beta review worksheet in response to one story
Discuss the readings
How were the fanfics similar to the original work?
How were the fanficsdifferent from the original work?
What changes were made?
What new information was given?
Were the reviews helpful?
Did you agree or disagree with any of the comments?
16. Day 2 Beta Readers and Revising
Each student reads assigned fanfiction and fills out a Beta Reader Worksheet
Students give a completed Beta Reader Worksheet to the author
Students then revise their stories and begin work on the second draft in response to the beta readers worksheet
17. Day 3 Novel and Fanfiction
Discuss the novel
Characters
Themes
Settings
Conflict/Resolution
Have students write a fanfiction story based on some aspect of the novel using the fanfictiontemplate worksheet. Some possible ideas include:
Develop new relationships between characters
Extend plot and timelines
Create new settings
Explore new themes
18. Day 4 Beta Reading and Revising
Have students read and review assigned students fanfiction using Beta Reader Worksheets
Have students return their Beta Reader Worksheets to the author
Students then begin to edit and revise their story based on received Beta Reader Worksheets.
19. Evaluation
Evaluation is based on 2 Rubrics:
Fanfiction Rubric
Novel-based Fanfiction Rubric
20. Materials
Fanfiction Template Worksheet to help students start brainstorming and developing a story
Beta Reader Worksheet used to help in the review process
Computer projection and computer access
PowerPoint slides with Student Notes
Evaluation Rubrics
21. Student Notes
Intro
Assignment
Objectives
Read and Review Fanfiction
Write Fanfiction
Become a Beta Reader
Write Novel-Based Fanfiction
Novel-based Fanfiction Beta Reader
Materials
22. Intro- What is Fan fiction (also known as fanfiction,fanfic,FF, orfic)?
Fan fictions are texts written about media and popular culture by fans. In these texts, fan fiction authors take up the characters and plotlines of the original media and creatively rework them by developing new relationships between characters, extending plot and timelines, creating new settings, and exploring novel themes (Black, 2006)
23. Intro- What is a Beta Reader?
A beta reader (or betareader, or beta) is a person who reads a work of fiction with a critical eye, with the aim of improving grammar, spelling, characterization, and general style of a story prior to its release to the general public.
-www.fanfiction.net
24. Fanfiction Assignment
Read fanfiction(3 or 4 storiesat least 2 in English)
Write fanfiction (1 page story)
Review peer fanfiction as a Beta Reader
Write a second draft in response to Beta Reader Worksheet
Upload draft to Forums
Read classmates fanfiction
Comment on at least 2 classmates fanfiction
25. Novel-Based Fanfiction Assignment
-After reading novel
Write fanfiction (1 page of written Fanfiction)
Review peer fanfiction as a Beta Reader
Write final draft and Upload draft to forums
Read classmates fanfiction on forums
Comment on at least 2 classmates fanfiction
26. Objectives
Learn about fanfiction and become acquainted with the fanfiction writing and review process.
Learn to search for fanfiction that studentsare interested i