The settings are either real or imaginary. They are exciting because they may be unfamiliar.
But... the fictional characters, the setting, plot and events--- must be portrayed authentically as if they could have actually happened.
Writers Must Follow Certain Rules To Be Sure of the Truth of the Tale. Writers research the time period.
Writers Must... not change the big events in history.
Writers Must... have characters that are either imaginary or can be someone who actually lived during the time period. What’s next?
Check out this title... Sarah Plain and Tall--by Patricia McLaughlin Readers like this book because they can relate to children who need a mother, know what being homesick feels like, and can relate to what it feels like to love and belong to a family!
Check out this title... Number of the Stars---by Lois Lowry Setting is 1943 in Denmark Nazi soldiers are “relocating” Jewish families, including that of Annemarie Johansen’s best friend. Annemarie embarks on a mission to save her friend’s life.
Check out this title... The Witch of Blackbird Pond--- by Elizabeth George Speare Life in Puritan Connecticut is very different from life in Barbados in 1687. Kit is accused of being a witch.
Other Historical Fiction Titles: Timothy of the Cay---by Theodore Taylor Phillip’s mother has told him all his life that African American's are different from them. But after their ship is torpedoed he will find out for himself just how a like they really are.
Other Historical Fiction Titles: Catherine Called Birdy and the Midwife’s Apprentice by Catherine Cushman.
Other Historical Fiction Titles: Little House on the Prairie--- by Laura Ingalls Wilder A family travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home on the prairie in Kansas where they build a house, meet neighboring Indians, dig a well, and fight a prairie fire.
Other Historical Fiction Titles: Bud, Not Buddy---by Christopher Paul Curtis Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
Other Historical Fiction Titles: Johnny Tremain---by Esther Forbes The setting is in Boston in 1773 during the American Revolution. A young boy who comes across many historical figures as he works as a horse boy for the local newspaper. A 1944 Newbery Medal book
In the story “Janette’s Winter”... During which historic period does the story take place? Who is the main character?
In the story “Janette’s Winter”... What problems does the main character face? How does Janette resolve the problem?
In the story “Janette’s Winter” Which events in the book are historical, and which are fiction? Do you think something like this could have happened today?
In the story “Janette’s Winter”... What do you think about the period of time? Would you have like to live back then? What would you have done if you were faced with the challenges that Janette faced? (Turn and talk with someone next to you)
In the story “Janette’s Winter”... If you could travel back in time in a time machine, which historical period would you like to visit? Why? What have you learned about history by reading this story?