Historical Fiction Genre Study
As students begin to understand fiction and nonfiction, introduce the genre of historical fiction which includes examples of both. These lessons and activities show you how.
Provides Web sites with information on historical fiction, including works by Kathryn Lasky, Deborah Hopkinson, and Karen Cushman. In addition to offering guidance in choosing historical fiction titles, this article offers suggestions for teachers of younger and older students.
Students can check their understanding of special English words from history by matching each word with its meaning.
The Ravenmaster's Secret is a work of historical fiction set in the Tower of London in 1735. How did Scholastic editor Dianne Hess work with Elvira Woodruff, author of The Ravenmaster's Secret, to ensure that each historical detail was accurate and compelling for the story?
Read why one teacher uses historical fiction in the classroom, tips for choosing good historical fiction, and strategies for helping students differentiate between fact and fiction.
Extension activity for My Brother Sam Is Dead by Christopher Collier Ph.D and James Lincoln Collier.
Extension activity for Back to Paul Revere! by Beatrice Gormley.
In this lesson plan for Catherine, Called Birdy, students will compare society's expectation of women during the medieval ages with society's expectations of women in the new millennium.
Students will provide examples from the text to illustrate a theme of the book through character analysis.
In spite of her education, her appearance, and her expectations, when she is only twelve, Zettie discovers what being property, what being a slave, really means.
This young adult novel, which successfully captures the pain of the Revolutionary War, is a fine example of historical fiction.
Two dramatic years in his country's history are seen through the shrewd eyes of Johnny Tremain, whose life becomes dramatically bound up with some of the United State's most important patriots.
This guide features guided student questions with answers provided for an instructor. Thirteen-year-old Esperanza's world changes completely when she and her mother are forced to leave their comfortable life in Mexico and work in a labor camp in California.
This Flashlight Readers activity uses the novel Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan, as inspiration to improve student's writing skills.
Focuses on historical fiction as a writing genre and teaches students to use context to better understand character motivation. Involves reading, comparing and contrasting, and making an album.