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Historical Fiction. Historical fiction is…... Literature whose setting is in a particular historical time period and that utilizes real and/or imaginary.

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1 Historical Fiction

2 Historical fiction is…... Literature whose setting is in a particular historical time period and that utilizes real and/or imaginary characters.

3 Types of Historical Fiction A story that occurs before the life of the author Contemporary novels with the passage of time An author’s life chronicled in a fictional format

4 Types of Historical Fiction The protagonist travels back into history A story based on accurate historical accounts Protagonists experiencing real historical events A balance between fiction and reality

5 What Makes Good Historical Fiction? History should not be sugar-coated. Historical accuracy concerning events, places, and other facts is required The story must make the historical period come to life by re-creating the physical environment, patterns of daily living, and the spirit of the times. The story usually reveals history through the eyes of a young protagonist.

6 Milestones Little House Books 1954 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award 1981 Scott O’dell Award

7 Elements of Historical Fiction The Power of Story Breathing Life Into the Past Where History Textbooks Fall Short Breadth and Depth added to studies Makes the “people” connection Presents History from Multiple Perspectives

8 Authors to Know…. Lois Lowry Scott O’Dell Elizabeth George Speare Mildred Taylor Karen Cushman Laura Ingalls Wilder Laurence Yep

9 Lois Lowry Writes in different genres Number the Stars, 1990 Newbery winner Draws from her past in writing stories

10 Laura Ingalls Wilder “Little House Books” Based on her family’s experiences in the west Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

11 Scott O’Dell Visits the location Wants to teach through books Island of the Blue Dolphins, ’61 Newbery Medal Born on frontier Scott O’dell Award

12 Elizabeth George Speare Novels based on historical incidents Well researched Newberry medal winner in ’59 (the Witch of Blackbird Pond), ’62 (The Bronze Bow), and’83 (The Sign of the Beaver.)

13 Karen Cushman Catherine Called Birdy, Newbery honor book Matilda Bone Midwive’s Apprentice, Newbery Medal

14 Mildred Taylor Based on family stories Struggled to write. Song of Trees Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry /76 Newbery

15 Laurence Yep Chinese American from San Francisco Envisions looking through a window and reporting what he saw Dragonwings won Newbery Honor in /75


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