How much time must past for a book to be considered Historical Fiction? Does the book need to be about a Historical Event? Does 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 ratherTheme Significant not only for the Historical period but also themes that are relevant today; death, civil rights, prejudice, violence, importa nce 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; Little House on the Prairie) Ornate descriptions, archaic language, lengthy factual passages 1940-1050s 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
Literature must not be expected to bear the burden of social studies instruction. Literature is a fragile medium…it can be easily crushed if forces to bear too heavy an efferent load. Students will fail to enter the story world on aesthetic terms
Students develop social empathy A spring board for learning about the past Engages students in facts from the past that become living, breathing drama The extensive research that HF writers do provides a rich source of information
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.
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