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Historical Fiction

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Louise Adillon

on 15 March 2015

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Transcript of Historical Fiction

Louise's Perspective Comment-
I think that the perspective of a Taino person, like in this book, would be much different than the perspective of a European. All the Tainos thought, was that the Europeans were weird guests from a different land. When they saw them they thought, because it is their culture, to present them with gifts and a feast to welcome them and show them around.Yet, the Europeans saw them as weird natives, that thay could probably take advantage of. With different perspectives, it tell a different story. Also, with the different perspectives of the brother and sister. The story is written in different perspective of each to help you get an opinion on the situation they are in.
We read these books during the course of our Historical Fiction unit:
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes By: Eleanor Coerr
Number the Stars By: Lois Lowry
Morning Girl By: Michael Dorris
Skills we used to comprehend our reading:
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Number the Stars
Morning Girl
Louise's Interpretation-
Quote: "One must always treat guests with respect, I reminded She Listens, even when they are as brainless as gulls."

This part is when Morning Girl sees the Europeans for the first time. She doesn't know who they are, or why they are there. All she knows is that they are guests, and you have to treat guests with respect. She didn't know, like we know in history, they were going to take their land for themselves. She didn't suspect a thing, and just thought they were foreigners coming for a visit. This shows none of the Native Americans knew these people were coming, to change their lives completely. In this time period, no one knew anything, and the Native Americans were just trying to be good hosts, even though the Europeans would soon change their lives dramatically.
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is about an innocent little girl, who is affected by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima that happened 10 years before the story takes place. One mistake can have many consequenses-the bombing not only affects her but her family as well. This story shows the perspective of one little girl's taken life, aside from countless others that perished. This story takes the reader on a journey of thought, feeling, and strength. Will Sadako survive as a hero?

The atom bombing is one of the worst things America has ever done and we have regretted it ever since.


Interpreting- Studying the plot or character's actions in the book and looking at them in new ways to find new ideas.
Empathy- Putting yourself in the character's shoes and imagining your life as the character to further understand the situation.
Inferring- Using your knowledge of the world, and information explained in the story, to make conclusions or opinions of what the author is trying to say.
Perspective- A particular way of viewing situations or others that depends on one’s experience or one's character. Events may alter one's perspective, further more altering who they are. Perspective can reflect character and choices that were made. Perspective is a variable of life you can change.
Historical Fiction
By Louise, Jake, and Ellie

Morning Girl

Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes
Jakes's Interpretation-
The atomic bomb demolished. Our story showed what condition the people were left in, and how making decisions—making one mistake-can have long term consequences, or even permanent ones. The mistake, the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, had a very strong impact on the city. The inhabitants not only had to rebuild the city, but their lives as well-it affected families and generations to come. The building of life sometimes may not be rebuilt.


Number the Stars
Louise's Inference- When Sadako became very dizzy and fell to the ground, I think this is an unusual thing that could happen. Knowing she's living in/near Hiroshima during a short time after the atom bomb struck there, I think something might be happening to her from that event, The story says that she remembers a flash of a thousand suns, and I remember my brother had told me that the radiation from the atom bomb effects can effect the way your blood cells produce. Also, that this can create a disease called Leukemia, which makes you dizzy. Maybe, she has Leukemia.


Morning Girl is a story about life on a Bahamian Island the years Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean, through the eyes of a young Taino girl. This book actually trades perspectives in each chapter of Morning Girl and her younger brother, Star Boy. This is the story of their adventures, fun , feasts, rivalries, and new encounterments with strange Europeans. Will their peaceful life on the island change forever?
Louise's Empathetic comment-
I can only imagine how Annemarie feels. I, myself have many Jewish friends, and in a time like this one, I would protect them too. There are so many things she doesn't know or understand. If I were her, I don't know how I'd do it. Not know anything. Stand up, to Nazis. I can't do that. I mean, she's MY age. I would have been frustrated, and hiding in a corner hoping everything would go away. I think Annemarie has true, true bravery.
Ellie's Interpretation-
Quote: "Mama was crying, and the rain made it seem as if the whole world was crying."
I think this means that if people who are close to you are sad, everything can feel sad. For example, when my mom got sick, everybody in my family was sad and none of us talked much that day. Even small things like that can make you sad.

Ellie's Empathetic Comment-
I felt teribble for Sadako when her mother cried because she was mad at herself. She thought that it was her fault that she got sick and was making her mother upset! I don't like to make my parents feel bad for me either but she is sick and suffering and she is mad at herself for dying! And when she stopped making cranes because her muscles couldn't move that far Louise, Jake, and I were so sad we almost stopped reading. She couldn't even help herself if she tried at that point.
Jake's Empathetic Comment-
I can feel empathatic towards the Native Americans. People full of hatrid and greed invaded their world-the true world. The Native Americans were in touch with the sight before their eyes. They were very connected with every living creature. Their characteristics were selfless, spiritual, kind, adventurous, hopeful, ect. From their strong hopes and beliefs they formed fables to explain the world around them. When you dig back down to your roots you can embrace the inner you. Tap into the connection we have with nature. When the Europeans came along, they disabled-cut down the roots to our connection with the world. In ways, they shaped what society is today. Imagine if Columbus never sailed the ocean blue.
Ellie's Infrence-
When Morning Girl's mom came home with no baby, I knew something bad had happened to it. I figured out that it died but I ever knew how. One of the clues that helped me figure out that the baby died, was when the grandma said, the baby is with your grandpa in the tree now, the grandpa is dead so his "spirit" lives in a tree.


Jake's Inference-
Quote: "Yes, just one," he said after a moment. AnneMarie couldn't hear Uncle Henrick's words. "But there are a lot of cigarettes available in Copenhagen now, if you know where to look, " he went on, "and there will be others coming to you as well-I'm sure."

AnneMarie's father and uncle are talking in code, fearing the Nazis could find out what they are really talking about-the Jews. The Jews stand out and so
do cigarettes. People risk their lives everyday fighting for whatever they believe in. AnneMarie's family were risking their lives for what they believed in. People have choices. Do what feels best to you but be aware that you might not have control of the outcome.

Ellie's Perspective Comment-Sadako came home and was very polite, but her father noticed and complimented her. In his point of view, she was just a respectful lady growing up. Although, in her mother's point of view, she was completely changed and she didn't like it at all. Two different perspectives, one action.
Jake's Perspective Comment- Perspectives were shown throughout Number the Stars. Events can change your outlook on life further changing your characteristics. Peter, a character in Number the Stars, had an event change his perspective of life-when Lise died-the thought of someone so evil making wrong choices- the Natzis changed him. He used to be funny, outgoing, creative, warm and fuzzy, etc. His characteristics changed- he became not as funny, he lost his creativity, was a colder person. An event changed his life. He will never able to undo what has been done.
What is Historical Fiction?
Number the Stars is a story about a girl named Annemarie who is living in the time of the holocaust. Her best friend, Ellen, is a Jew so she has to hide with Annemarie's family. Read on to find out how and where people will hide during the time of the holocaust.
Historical Fiction books are about a time in history, but they are fiction. The books can be about a real person in history, but a made up story or situation. Or, can be about a real historical event/time period, with fictional characters (sometimes real people, too) and a fictional plot. In different historical fiction writing pieces, the important idea can differ. In some stories, the setting can be important. In some, it can be more important with the character. There are endless amounts of different historical fiction ideas and books.
In this book you will learn about the holocaust in a completely kid friendly way.
Thanks for watching!
We'd also like to thank DJ Earworm for his United State of Pop 2014 mashup!
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