How much time must past for a book to be considered Historical Fiction? Does the book need to be about a Historical Event? Do you need to have Famous people from History in the book?
A work of fiction set in a time prior to when it was written.Can contain historical setting, characters, or both.Important tool in the classroom.
Help readers connect to people and situations from the past. Tend to write about U.S. American Revolutionary War, Slavery, Civil War, Westward expansion, Immigration, WWII Many writers are historians and war vets that have gotten into writing.
Setting Takes place in a time removed from the reader. The writer must bring place and time to life by providing details that are neither romanticized nor distorted but as authentic as possiblePlot The writer incorporates questions into the story that the character asks and the story answers
Characters Mostly ordinary people rather than figures of historical importanceTheme Significant not only for the Historical period but also themes that are relevant today; death, civil rights, prejudice, violence, importance of family and community
Early Historical fiction consisted of adventure stories & had many inaccuracies Mostly written for adults Sir Walter Scott is believed to be the first person to write a work of what we now call historical fiction
1930s romanticized, highly idealized views with an over whelming amount of information (Waverly; 1810; Ivanhoe) Ornate descriptions, archaic language, lengthy factual passages Late 1930’s-1950s More serious works were being written for children
Style: Old—Ornate descriptions archaic language, lengthy factual passages New – simplistic and immediacy language that pulls the reader into the story Subject Matter: Today’s historical fiction writers are writing more about lesser known events; however there are still not a lot of works about other countries and cultures available to young readers
Historical Fiction seriestend to be written for ayoung audience andfeature female protagonistmore than male.
Fictionalized Memoirs:Writers who have livedthrough the bygone era inwhich they write
Fictionalized Family History: The passing down of family stories from one generation to the other
Fiction based on Research: The writer has no first hand knowledge and must perform research to ensure its authenticity. The bulk of historical fiction for children fits into this category
Con Pro Literature must not be Students develop social expected to bear the empathy burden of social A spring board for studies instruction. learning about the past Literature is a fragile Engages students in medium…it can be facts from the past that easily crushed if forces become living, breathing drama to bear too heavy an The extensive research efferent load. that HF writers do Students will fail to provides a rich source enter the story world of information on aesthetic terms
While textbooks & expository texts are important sources of background information, children step more easily into the dramatic elements of historical fiction which brings the events of the past to light & allows children to become part of the story thus retaining the memory. Students need “historical empathy” to develop a historical understanding…historical fiction provides that tool.
Should classroomteachers rely only ontextbooks or historicalfiction selections?
Aim for broad coverage Focuses on a single Important sources of subject and examines it background information in depth Many historical fiction Allows children to works are full of encounter the inaccuracies and complexities of historical idealized views of the events past. Describes ordinary people catch up in major historical events.
Offers answers to students’ questions about the world Helps readers develop consciousness of how time and place influence who they are Children better understand themselves, their community, culture and world The problems of today can be understood in light of times past
What role do you think historical fiction should play in the social studies, world cultures, & history classroom?