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sborrus 11-12-2011 11:26 AM

Historical Fiction
I have been teaching for 10 years, however, this is my first year teaching writing. We have just started historical fiction. Any ideas on how to teach this????? I teach 5th graders.

kmob 11-13-2011 01:00 PM

without literature?
So you're not teaching in conjunction with a novel? I've never taught it aside from literature, but I would think that you could read them some excerpts from Historical Fiction pieces and discuss what makes them fit the genre. Then have each child pick a period in history and do a little research on that topic. From there make an outline of what will happen in the story. Might be a good idea to pick whatever time period they are studying in Social Studies, and maybe to write a short one as a class first. Good luck.

Century46 11-14-2011 08:35 AM

mentor texts
I would start with mentor texts. There are many wonderful picture books, written at the Intermediate level, that you can read with kids. I would find some from various time periods and those written in different formats. After reading several, and "deconstructing" them, they can use these for their own stories.

I use mentor text with virtually all my writing instruction. We're getting ready to start one on biographies, one of my favorites.

curlygirl2 11-26-2011 08:50 AM

by Eve Bunting is a great mentor text we use...great storyline, too.

I agree with all of the previous posts...

MsOC 01-16-2012 07:13 PM

Historical Fiction with Dear America books
I start with a book report on a Dear America book. Then I have them brainstorm events in history they might be interested in. Then I have them go to to search their historical events on their birthday. I also have them think about family and friends who may have experienced history. Finally, I have them write their peice in a Dear Diary format. We discuss; formal and informal language, dialect and phrasing of different time periods and geographical areas.

quickfish 08-09-2012 04:38 AM

Can you link it to their Social Studies?
There are lots of good topics they will be studying in social studies in fifth grade, which lend themselves easily to historical writing assignments. Stories about explorers, colonists, the revolutionary war, slavery . . .Plenty of historical detail to learn about and include in their stories, and plenty of adventure to inspire them. Try having them use primary sources like maps and letters as the inspiration for a story.

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