ERIC Number: ED213023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
History, Real People, and the English Class.
Farrell, Jacqueline M.
Incorporating history and historical fiction into the English class serves to foster the interdependence of skills and content. Historical fiction can help students to understand the physical, mental, and emotional climate of another time while providing them with a common topic for a discussion of setting, characterization, and point of view. Historical fiction for middle school students should have a setting prior to the late 1960s. It is important that the literature be historical in terms of the students' life-span, not the teacher's or one arbitrarily set by publishers. Guidelines for organizing a unit on historical fiction might include (1) choosing an historical era to which the students can relate, (2) organizing a class investigation of the period, (3) reading together a short story set in the same historical period before assigning individualized readings of novels, (4) providing students with a list of historical fiction set in the chosen era, and (5) discussing the books. (A sample unit on historical fiction of the 1930s and 1940s is appended.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Historical Fiction
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (71st, Boston, MA, November 20-25, 1981).