Lesson Plan - Get It!
- What do you envision when you think about historical texts?
Historical documents are important sources of information for verifying and understanding what happened in the past. They make up the historical record.
Sometimes these documents include things like court transcripts or official forms like birth and death records.
Sometimes, they are more artistic, expressive, or even personal!
In this lesson, explore a type of historical text that combines important historical details with literary narrative.
Keep reading to find out more!
Literary nonfiction is a type of nonfiction that still aims to present an accurate and informative text, but it uses literary devices and techniques in the prose to make that presentation more artistic or narrative.
For an overview of the genre with examples, watch Literary Nonfiction from Danielle Hartsfield:
Compare and Contrast
As you read through this lesson, complete the Literary Nonfiction T-Chart found under the Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar with the elements you notice that are similar to traditional fiction and nonfiction.
Tone and Theme
Two important elements that you'll be considering in your analysis of these texts are tone, or the author's attitude (expressed in the way that they write), as well as theme, which is the message the author wants the reader to receive.
Examples of tone words are:
- motherly (fatherly, sisterly, etc.)
Examples of themes could include:
- grappling with mortality
- examining the hidden costs of war
- the trials and tribulations of growing up
- fighting for justice
Read the following historical nonfiction excerpt and answer the questions that follow.
Continue examining literary nonfiction in the Got It? section.