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Historical Fiction. Historical fiction is…. Literature whose setting is in a particular historical time period and that utilizes real and/or imaginary characters. Types of Historical Fiction. A story that occurs before the life of the author Contemporary novels with the passage of time

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historical fiction is
Historical fiction is…...
  • Literature whose setting is in a particular historical time period and that utilizes real and/or imaginary characters.
types of historical fiction
Types of Historical Fiction
  • A story that occurs before the life of the author
  • Contemporary novels with the passage of time
  • An author’s life chronicled in a fictional format
types of historical fiction1
Types of Historical Fiction
  • The protagonist travels back into history
  • A story based on accurate historical accounts
  • Protagonists experiencing real historical events
  • A balance between fiction and reality
what makes good historical fiction
History should not be sugar-coated.

Historical accuracy concerning events, places, and other facts is required

The story must make the historical period come to life by

re-creating the physical environment, patterns of daily living, and the spirit of the times.

The story usually reveals history through the eyes of a young protagonist.

What Makes Good Historical Fiction?
milestones
Milestones
  • 1932-1943 Little House Books
  • 1954 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
  • 1981 Scott O’dell Award
elements of historical fiction
Elements of Historical Fiction
  • The Power of Story
  • Breathing Life Into the Past
  • Where History Textbooks Fall Short
  • Breadth and Depth added to studies
  • Makes the “people” connection
  • Presents History from Multiple Perspectives
authors to know
Lois Lowry

Scott O’Dell

Elizabeth George Speare

Mildred Taylor

Karen Cushman

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laurence Yep

Authors to Know….
lois lowry
Lois Lowry
  • Writes in different genres
  • Number the Stars, 1990 Newbery winner
  • Draws from her past in writing stories
laura ingalls wilder
Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • “Little House Books”
  • Based on her family’s experiences in the west
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
scott o dell
Scott O’Dell
  • Visits the location
  • Wants to teach through books
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins, ’61 Newbery Medal
  • Born on frontier
  • Scott O’dell Award
elizabeth george speare
Elizabeth George Speare
  • Novels based on historical incidents
  • Well researched
  • Newberry medal winner in ’59 (the Witch of Blackbird Pond), ’62 (The Bronze Bow), and’83 (The Sign of the Beaver.)
karen cushman
Karen Cushman
  • Catherine Called Birdy, Newbery honor book
  • Matilda Bone
  • Midwive’s Apprentice, Newbery Medal
mildred taylor
Mildred Taylor
  • Based on family stories
  • Struggled to write.
  • Song of Trees
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry /76 Newbery
laurence yep
Laurence Yep
  • Chinese American from San Francisco
  • Envisions looking through a window and reporting what he saw
  • Dragonwings won Newbery Honor in /75