1. First watch this presentation from BBC:
2. Then read this report: http://www.ycaol.com/swallowed.htm
3. Now read the newspaper article actually published in 1892: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/44076494
In a certain sense this whale story is an example of creative non-fiction.
4. What “is” creative non-fiction?
- Creative nonfiction merges the boundaries between literary art (fiction, poetry) and research nonfiction. . . . It is writing composed of the real, or of facts, that employs the same literary devices as fiction such as setting, voice/tone, character development, etc. This makes if different (more “creative”) than standard nonfiction writing.
- Sometimes called literary journalism or the literature of fact, creative nonfiction merges the boundaries between literary art . . . and research nonfiction . . .
- Creative nonfiction should (1) include accurate and well-researched information, (2) hold the interest of the reader, and (3) potentially blur the realms of fact and fiction in a pleasing, literary style (while remaining grounded in fact).
- In the end, creative nonfiction can be as experimental as fiction—it just needs to be based in the real. (UVM Writing Center at uvm.edu)
- This book and mini-video can be used to launch your middle graders (and beyond) into a creative non-fiction assignment.
- Have fun with this assignment!