Preparing to Write Historical Fiction: Determining Characteristics of the Genre

A language arts instructional activity helps young writers identify elements that make up historical fiction. First, it guides them through elements of fictional pieces with vocabulary cards. Then, pupils work collaboratively to brainstorm features that make up historical fiction. Lastly, after reading two historical fiction selections, they respond to an exit ticket.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as an introduction to writing historical fiction
  • Have pupils highlight explicit information in the text to show understanding
  • Design a cross-curricular reading project between social studies and language arts
Classroom Considerations

  • Print the graphic organizer for individuals to get a head start, or draw the organizer on the board to build ideas together
  • The first in a series of 16 lessons that focus on historical fiction narrative writing set in Colonial America
  • Classes gather the research used throughout the unit during the first and second units of this module
Pros

  • Provides a very thorough explanation of lesson procedures and teaching strategies
  • Common Core designed
Cons

  • None
Common Core