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1. After you have finished a unit on a historical period, ask students to make a list of all the key terms they can remember: people, places, ideas that were important to that time period. Explain that students are going to use the details to create a short historical fiction story.
2. Ask students to define historical fiction, and have them share examples that they have read before. If they have never read historical fiction before, you may want to use Flocabulary's Fiction v. Non-Fiction video to talk about how historical fiction can be tricky, because it has a lot of real details even though they story is not real.
3. Review the Five Elements of a Short Story, with the Flocabulary video "Five Things."
4. Give students time to plan out their short story. The only constraint is that the story much be set in the historical period you're studying. It is up to students to create characters, plot and conflict. Students should indicate which key terms they will use to show that their story is set during that time period.
5. Give students a period (or more) to write their stories. When finished, they can read or tell their stories to their classmates.
Writing Historical Fiction - Types of Novels
-Identify key terms for a historical period
-Identify the five elements of a short story
-Incorporate the five elements of a short story into their writing
-Write a story that is set in a historical period
What Schools and Teachers say..
During the next three weeks of the history fair, students research an event or time period treated in the historical fiction books they have chosen. Children then gather materials to find pertinent information about the time periods they are studying. Non-fiction books, , and the Internet are possible sources, but there must be a balance between types of sources used. Students are also encouraged to interview people who may have lived during the time period, if it is recent enough; for example, the Vietnam War, World War II, or the Great Depression. When they finish their research, students meet with the teacher. This critically important component of the unit allows the teacher to help students comprehend main ideas, remedy misconceptions, and offer suggestions about additional information they need to finish their inquiries. After their conferences with the teacher, students write final drafts of their research reports. During the final two weeks of the unit, students refine their reports and prepare displays.