Online supplement

Online supplement

Investigating Realistic Stories

This online collection of resources complements the print publication Investigating Realistic Stories, intended to help students use various strategies to delve into the people and issues portrayed in realistic fiction.

General support

Bibliographies of realistic fiction

We have assembled two extensive bibliographies of stories and novels suitable for various grade levels:

Bibliography of contemporary literature about developing countries and issues

Bibliography of historical fiction and non-fiction for secondary students

Strategy-specific support

The following resources support specific lessons in the print publication.

Describe inner thoughts

Background on Nigeria

The featured novel for this strategy is The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naido. A briefing sheet to introduce students to conditions in Nigeria, the country in which the novel is set, is available free from our Background Briefs collection.

Background on human rights

The featured novel for this strategy is The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naido. A briefing sheet to introduce students to the issue of human rights, a key theme of the novel, is available free from our Background Briefs collection.

Identify character traits

Background on the Middle East

The featured novel for this strategy is Camel Rider by Prue Mason. A briefing sheet to introduce students to conditions in the Middle East, the region in which the novel is set, is available free from our Background Briefs collection.

Background on cross-cultural understanding

The featured novel for this strategy is Camel Rider by Prue Mason. A briefing sheet to introduce students to the issue of cultural differences, a key theme of the novel, is available free from our Background Briefs collection.

Judge the degree of thoughtfulness

Background on Pakistan

The featured novel for this strategy is Iqbal by Franscesco D’Adamo. A briefing sheet to introduce students to conditions in Pakistan, the country in which the novel is set, is available free from our Background Briefs collection.

Background on child labour

The featured novel for this strategy is Iqbal by Franscesco D’Adamo. A briefing sheet to introduce students to the issue of child labour, a key theme of the novel, is available free from our Background Briefs collection.

Uncover perspective

Background on Ethopia

The featured novel for this strategy is The Garbage King by Elizabeth Laird. A briefing sheet to introduce students to conditions in Ethiopa, the country in which the novel is set, is available free from our Background Briefs collection.

Background on children’s rights

The featured novel for this strategy is The Garbage King by Elizabeth Laird. A briefing sheet to introduce students to the issue of children’s rights, a key theme of the novel, is available free from our Background Briefs collection.

Explore daily life

Background on Sudan and South Sudan

The featured novel for this strategy is A Long Walk to Water by Linda Park. A briefing sheet to introduce students to conditions in Sudan and South Sudan, the countries in which the novel is set, is available free from our Background Briefs collection.

Background on access to water

The featured novel for this strategy is A Long Walk to Water by Linda Park. A briefing sheet to introduce students to the issue of access to water, a key theme of the novel, is available free from our Background Briefs collection.

Examine human rights

SMART notebook version of this strategy

An interactive whiteboard version of Examine human rights is available for download. If you do not have SMART software, you can use this website to open the file after you have downloaded it.

Background on Africa

The featured novel for this strategy is Torn Pages by Sally Grindley. A briefing sheet to introduce students to conditions in Africa, the region in which the novel is set, is available free from our Background Briefs collection.

Background on human rights

The featured novel for this strategy is Torn Pages by Sally Grindley. A briefing sheet to introduce students to the issue of human rights, a key theme of the novel, is available free from our Background Briefs collection.

Background on HIV/AIDS

The featured novel for this strategy is Torn Pages by Sally Grindley. A briefing sheet to introduce students to the issue of HIV/AIDS, a key theme of the novel, is available free from our Background Briefs collection.

Explore personal impact

Background on Pakistan

The featured novel for this strategy is Iqbal by Franscesco D’Adamo. A briefing sheet to introduce students to conditions in Pakistan, the country in which the novel is set, is available free from our Background Briefs collection.

Background on child labour

The featured novel for this strategy is Iqbal by Franscesco D’Adamo. A briefing sheet to introduce students to the issue of child labour, a key theme of the novel, is available free from our Background Briefs collection.

Think beyond the text

Background on India

The featured novel for this strategy is Broken Glass by Sally Grindley. A briefing sheet to introduce students to conditions in India, the country in which the novel is set, is available free from our Background Briefs collection.

Background on children's rights

The featured novel for this strategy is Broken Glass by Sally Grindley. A briefing sheet to introduce students to the issue of children’s rights, a key theme of the novel, is available free from our Background Briefs collection.