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Historical Fiction LIS 510. Definition Realistic Fiction set in a time remote enough from the present to be considered history. Written in a time period.

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1 Historical Fiction LIS 510

2 Definition Realistic Fiction set in a time remote enough from the present to be considered history. Written in a time period in which the author has not lived or no more recently than one generation before its composition or 20 years ago

3 Historical Fiction Characteristics Historical facts blend with imaginary characters & plot Facts are Actual historical events Authentic period settings Real historical figures

4 Forms of Historical Fiction Most CommonMost Common: Main characters of the story are imaginary Secondary characters may be actual historical figures Actual historical events are imbedded 2 nd Type2 nd Type: Past described complete with social traditions, customs, morals, & values of the period No mention of actual historical events nor actual historical figures as characters 3 rd Type: Historical Fantasy Historical story containing elements of fantasy Time warps Supernatural features/ghosts

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8 Evaluation of Historical Fiction Author MUST present historical facts with as much accuracy & objectivity as history books Language & Dialect Language may be different Modified to be understandable to the child Benefit by integrating into the social studies curriculum. Some authors attempt to include a more modern interpretation of historical events by setting an earlier account straight/ Birchbark House/Erdich Black Cowboys, Wild Horses/Lester Adding a minority presence to the story

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11 SCOTT O’DELL AWARD Since 1982 Honors most outstanding work of children’s historical fiction in the past year U.S. Citizen Set in the New World Award of $5, Christopher’s Elijah of Buxton

12 MAIN THEMES OF HISTORICAL FICTION Seeking New Frontiers Little House on the Prairie/Wilder Sign of the Beaver/Speare Search For Freedom From Persecution Crispin; the cross of lead/Avi Effects of War Bat6/Wolff Patrol; an American Soldier in Viet Nam/Myers Family Closeness in Times of Adversity Ruthie’s Gift/Bradley Out of the Dust/Hesse

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