Skip to main content


Realistic Fiction Module - Write Choose Both

2 min read

According to the article, Shut My Mouth Wide Open: Realistic Fiction and Social Action by Cynthia A. Tyson, does she feel that fairytales should be taught throughout the curriculum? Why or why not?

In a nut shell, Cynthia A. Tyson does not feel that fairy tales should be taught throughout the curriculum, especially when such themes do not relate to the contemporary societal issues students deal with on a day-to-day basis. While the thematic concepts presented in fairy tales can be a good foundation for early readers while forming conclusions about morals and the like, these thematic concepts do not necessarily transcend to readers as they grow and develop through life.


In the article, Depictions and Gaps: Portrayal of U.S. Poverty in Realistic Fiction Children's Picture Books, why is it that some areas in the books reflect the reality in the United States, but areas such as poverty are misrepresented?

The reason for these areas being reflected as they appear in reality in these children's books is along the lines of the same reasons that Disney did not feature a Black princess until 2009, that Obama was the first president to utter the word, "transgender," or, up until recently, most cast members on TV shows and in movies were predominantly white males. Poverty is often misrepresented because we live in society that opts to hide reality because it is not the ideal. Like most subordinant groups in society, whether these groups be the poor, a minority ethnicity/race, anyone who does not define as heterosexual, women, elderly individuals, their ideas, beliefs, experiences are often misrepresented becauseour pre-conceived dispostions and negative judgements keep us from actively learning about them. When engagement and interraction occurs, connections can be made, differences can be settled, and eyes can be opened.