Would it be appropriate to write a romance story in an immature class? Do you think it be too deep for them?
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Yes, I was referring to writing. Writers need models. A student would read romance stories and use the strategies. That was my example. I included scary stories as my genre of choice because there are so many examples that clearly indicate the genre.
For the student who writes a romance to be read in class, this student needs to consider his/her own relationship with the class. A class leader can read such a romance to the others and it will probably be accepted because of the student's social status in the classroom. However, if the student is not so popular, doing so may become disastrous. Considering how confident one is with one's social position is important, especially when reading one's work aloud.
Has anyone considered that this is a 9th grade student asking about "writing" a romance--not reading one. If the student is asking about writing his or her own story and making it a romance then the maturity level of the students in the class could be critical especially if they have to share their writing. Immature students might miss the point or mock the writer.
If you are using the word immature to denote "young" as in 6-9th graders, or are using it to denote "foolish, rude, unsophisticated" then I think I would give you two different answers. Kids who are merely young in age can still write a romance story where the focus is on the emotion and the drama of the relationship. They are coming into the age of dating, and are certainly attuned to television, movies, and books with romantic themes. Doing a project like this gives them a creative outlet for the thoughts they have on the subject.
On the other hand, if the immaturity comes from being low ability for grade level and is in combination with rude, shallow, and crass attitudes, then the assignment could turn into a disaster. If they don't show an appropriate level of social/emotional maturity, they will make the assignment into an excuse to be superficial and/or obnoxious. That all said though, even immature students live in a very intense world of teen relationships, and this may be just the kind of assignment to harness their interest and creativity. You obviously have to consider your audience.
We teach Romeo and Juliet in 9th grade - which is the ultimate romance story. There are several sexual related puns in this play that are not always appropriate for that age group. In the Honors class, they caught on, laughed and moved forward. In the more immature classes, I flew by them quickly or the class went sideways. I would not try to teach something new to an immature class, especially that type of topic. I don't know your teaching style, student population or the type of romance story you refer to - however, if it were a teacher at my school I would advise them to pilot it with older students.
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