A unit in historical fiction presents the unique opportunity to engage in rigorous research and simultaneously practice weaving narrative and expository writing into a complex story. It enables students to demonstrate deep understanding of historical events and people, their impact on individuals and society, and their relevance to today’s world.
Isoke Nia, one of our most respected visiting scholars, joins us this summer for an in-depth look at this genre and how to teach it in your grade 4-8 classroom. Participating teachers will:
-Discover exemplary touchstone texts in historical fiction
-Learn to lead immersion activities that reveal the genre’s defining characteristics-Identify mini-lessons that teach critical research skills
-Discover mini-lessons that teach relevant writing skills
-Identify assessment criteria
Historical fiction invites students to demonstrate their abilities to comprehend and analyze information, think critically, organize ideas, inform, persuade, develop characters, describe settings, apply literary devices—and more—all in the same project.