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Take a trip through history with a lesson plan on historical fiction. With instructions for games, reading activities, and literary analysis assignments, this resource would be a great addition to any reading unit with a historical fiction novel. The lesson plan is designed for The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963, but you could modify the instructions for any historical fiction novel.
Historical fiction becomes a platform for exploring different perspectives. The class makes predictions based on illustrations, completes Venn diagrams to compare and contrast differing points of view, and to think about how characters change. The unit culminates with kids writing extra chapters from the point of view of the main character to extend the end of the stories. Other extension activities include using photography and music. Assessment ideas are listed.
Students discover how to identify historical fiction. For this historical fiction lesson, students read the story Meet Addy: An American Girl by Connie Porter. Students listen to the first chapter of the book read aloud. Students list statements on a chart that are facts. Students then read the next chapter independently. Students make a list of the characters from the book and things they know are fiction.
After each learner reads a historical fiction book of their choice, they prepare a book talk audio podcast to encourage other classes to read it. They cover characters, plot points (without giving away the conflict's resolution), and the setting. Why should others read this book?
Study historical events by combining the study of historical fiction and non-fiction. Learners read about true past events in historical fiction novels and then research non-fiction accounts of the same events. What are some differences they find? Compare and contrast the similarities and differences. Looking for an activity to extend this lesson? Assign each writer a specific event, and have them write a journal entry or two about the event as if they were living during that time period.
Teaching about fiction genres can be challenging. The lesson here, designed for library media specialists, offers a fun way to do it. In the lesson, learners visit the library and learn about the different types of fiction through book talks, participating in reader's theater, playing games, and visiting a "genre museum" in the library media center. By the end of the sessions, pupils will be experts on fiction genres, knowing the difference between mysteries, historical fiction, realistic fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. A great teaching idea.
The first pioneers faced many obstacles on their journey west. Middle schoolers read different historical fiction texts (ideas are provided), make connections, and complete a detailed packet (included). Reading guides, journal ideas, and rubrics are all provided. A very comprehensive resource!
Through learning about the Oregon Trail and Nebraska, learners evaluate the elements of historical fiction. Coming with a comprehensive bibliography, this lesson has your class learn about settlers traveling along the Oregon Trail, analyze their experiences, and discuss the characteristics of historical fiction.
Students conduct research on 1830s families and early New England culture. They conduct research on the Old Sturbridge Village website, participate in an online chat with a costumed interpreter, and continue to develop possible plots to use for writing a historical fiction piece.
When did your ancestors arrive in the United States of America? Did they come in through Ellis Island? Middle school learners research immigration and Ellis Island. They write a piece of historical fiction based on what it would have been like to emigrate to the U.S. through Ellis Island in the early 1900s.
Students take a closer look at the American Civil War In this literature lesson plan, students read Soldier’s Heart: Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteer by Gary Paulsen. Students complete comprehension, literature circle, character development, and vocabulary activites as they read the historical fiction novel about the American Civil War.
First graders explore the genre of historical fiction. In this literature lesson, 1st graders understand the characteristics of historical fiction. Students read Amelia and Eleanor.Students discuss the accomplishments of these two women. After reading, teacher elicits how we know this book is fiction rather than fact.