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Learning Goal: I’m working on a literature discussion question and need a sample publish to help me learn.
Note: Answer the questions in your own words. Please do not copy from any sources. Use sources provided only.
About 1 paragraph each question total 2
sources links:
The door in the wall: https://archive.org/details/doorinwall00dean_0/mod…
little House: https://www.gutenberg.ca/ebooks/wildersewell-woods…
. Evaluating Historical Fiction: Choose your favorite primary text from the extracts I posted this week The Door in the Wall) and tell us why it’s your favorite. Then discuss how well it meets the criteria: historical accuracy, setting, language, characterization, plot and theme, and illustrations (if applicable).
II.Thinking about representation: No novel can represent all groups or all points of view, and no one thinks they should. But we have an expectation that the stories we share with children will treat all people as human beings worthy of respect. The most frequent failure is when an author overgeneralizes and characterizes a whole group with negative or animalistic characteristics, instead of suggesting that they are people with their own concerns and perspectives. A related mistake is when members of minority groups are included as individuals but still are only characterized by stereotypes. The basic question that most librarians and teachers will ask is, “how would a child from that group feel if I read this aloud to them?”
A different, more subtle problem is when a book is written from a dominant perspective that doesn’t even realize that there could be other perspectives. So, for example, the “Little House” books are based on the assumption that white immigrants deserve to “settle” the North American continent – to assert private ownership of and profit from the land and natural resources. This was the dominant assumption until the mid-20th century, to the point that the inhabitants of the land (first Native Americans, and later Hispanic settlers in the Southwest) were portrayed as intruders who needed to be expelled (from their own homes). Current historical fiction is written based on its own assumptions. However, modern authors try to avoid making such big mistakes by localizing their stories and trying to accurately represent all the groups who might come into the story.
From the readings about the “Little House” books, what is the point that you think is most important to consider? Please quote or summarize the point, and tell us why you chose it. You can also add comments and questions.