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Transcript of Historical Fiction
Setting is authentic
Characters could have or did exist
Plot is believable or true to life
Not realistic fiction since historical fiction is set in the past Historical Fiction Fantasy/Non-Fiction Three Types of Historical Fiction Stories set before the time of the author's life
Stories about author's own experiences
Contemporary Realistic Fiction Turned Historical Fiction By fifth grade, students have a good grasp of historical time periods in U.S. history and have an easier time following along with the timeline of a Historical Fiction story. Purpose of realism - Bring time periods alive for children Creating a Sense of Realism Use of distinctive narrative format (Journal/Diary)
Authentic setting and dialogue of the time period
Character's responses to historical events Realism Achieved in 3 Distinct Ways Fictional African American family with factual events of the violent summer of 1963. Good historical fiction presents a story about human characters who have the same essential nature as the reader, a nature that does not change over time and shows the commonalities of humanity. A writer of historical fiction once said, "That's all we who write hope to do: create stories that will enable our young readers to find the stirrings of their souls." ~Avi (2003) Different time periods and events in history that are represented in historical fiction Categories Within Historical Fiction All historical fiction should represent authentic times and events and invoke a sense of realism Ancient Times
Early Frontier Era
World War I
World War II
Post-World War II
Civil Rights Movement Categories of Historical Fiction Historical fiction creates another world that has strong connections to our own world and allows the reader to see his or her own world more fullly from a deeper, inside perspective. Benefits of Historical Fiction conveys a sense of life as it was lied
happens to ordinary people
helps children understand that the present and future are linked to actions of the past Historical fiction... Also... Unlike textbooks, historical fiction presents history told through real-life characters that children can connect to. They can realize that everyone, even people in the past and present, shape history. Children can form bonds with people who are distant in time and space through historical fiction. Historical fiction also brings together all different cultures and ethnic perspectives on the same event. What are the driving forces behind the events?
What phenomena effected ordinary people?
What universal patterns of behavior should be explained? Three Important Questions to Understanding Themes in Historical Fiction Writers of historical fiction also have the opportunity to show how the past of all cultures impacts and gives meaning to the present of all cultures, ultimately teaching us about ourselves. Writers of historical fiction use the past to clarify the present and use the present as a vantage point into the past. Considerations of Historical Fiction Historical fiction depicts the beliefs, emotions, thoughts, etc., of the time, and some of these attitudes and values can be offensive and detestable in today's society. Evaluating and Selecting Historical Fiction Historical fiction must include...
Strong character development
A credible and engaging plot
An effective writing style
A detailed and believable setting
A relevant theme
Historical fiction must also balance fiction with historical fact. Role of Historical Fiction in
Literacy Development Reading Aloud After reading, create a chart documenting what students noticed about the historical fiction used in the story.
Questioning the Author Allows students to understand author's perspective and determine if the book is historically accurate and culturally authentic. Making the Connection Across
the Curriculum Social Studies History Science and Math Language Arts Art Historical fiction gives students a more engaging way to experience Social Studies since students tend to have negative feelings toward the Social Sciences. One could use historical fiction along with history texts and other literature from the era. In this way, students will learn critical thinking skills in trying to seperate actual historical fact from fiction. Historical fiction provides a deeper understanding of time periods, events, and circumstances surrounding scientific and mathematical concepts. Art history discovered through historical fiction introduces famous artists and brings them to life. (Example: Picasso, Van Gough, Michaelangelo, etc.) Lives of famous authors are brought to life through historical fiction. THE END...