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					Historical Fiction


     LIS 510
             Definition
Realistic Fiction set in a time remote
enough from the present to be considered
history.
Written in a time period in which the author
has not lived or
  no more recently than one generation before
  its composition or
  20 years ago
Historical Fiction Characteristics
 Historical facts blend with imaginary
 characters & plot
 Facts are
   Actual historical events
   Authentic period settings
   Real historical figures
 Forms of Historical Fiction
Most Common:
  Main characters of the story are imaginary
  Secondary characters may be actual historical figures
  Actual historical events are imbedded
2nd Type:
  Past described complete with social traditions, customs,
  morals, & values of the period
  No mention of actual historical events nor actual
  historical figures as characters
3rd Type: Historical Fantasy
  Historical story containing elements of fantasy
     Time warps
     Supernatural features/ghosts
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Evaluation of Historical Fiction
Author MUST present historical facts with as
much accuracy & objectivity as history books
Language & Dialect
  Language may be different
  Modified to be understandable to the child
Benefit by integrating into the social studies
curriculum.
Some authors attempt to include a more modern
interpretation of historical events by
  setting an earlier account straight/
     Birchbark House/Erdich
     Black Cowboys, Wild Horses/Lester
  Adding a minority presence to the story
SCOTT O’DELL AWARD
          Since 1982
          Honors most outstanding
          work of children’s
          historical fiction in the
          past year
          U.S. Citizen
          Set in the New World
          Award of $5,000.0
          2007 Ellen Klages’
          The Green Glass Sea
     MAIN THEMES OF
    HISTORICAL FICTION
Seeking New Frontiers
  Little House on the Prairie/Wilder
  Sign of the Beaver/Speare
Search For Freedom From Persecution
  Crispin; the cross of lead/Avi
Effects of War
  Bat6/Wolff
  Patrol; an American Soldier in Viet Nam/Myers
Family Closeness in Times of Adversity
  Ruthie’s Gift/Bradley
  Out of the Dust/Hesse

				
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