Digging into Historical Fiction

Contributor: Brian Anthony. Lesson ID: 11057

If history actually happened, how can it be fiction? It isn't, but the most exciting fiction stories are based on historical facts! They paint a picture of the past, like you will do in this lesson!


Comprehension, Writing

English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

  • If you could go back in time to any time period in history, which would you choose?

There is a way to go back and experience what life was like during a particular time: the exciting and increasingly popular genre of historical fiction!

Writers of fiction are, in a way, kind of like visual artists.

They paint a scene, sometimes in such detail you feel like you could reach out and touch the imaginary world they have portrayed. Instead of brushes and paints, they use words.

Take a look at this video, Why is a story's setting important? (below).

As you watch, make notes in your notebook to answer these questions:

  • Why is setting important?
  • What are the different aspects of setting?
  • How do writers create setting?

If you are able, ask an adult to describe a scene they can recall from earlier in their life. Perhaps ask them to describe the most beautiful scene they have ever witnessed. Have them elaborate with more details, then even more!

Now, continue on to the Got It? section to examine some fiction works!

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