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Title: Historical Fiction


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Historical Fiction
  • LIS 510

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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

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Historical Fiction Characteristics
  • Historical facts blend with imaginary characters
    plot
  • Facts are
  • Actual historical events
  • Authentic period settings
  • Real historical figures

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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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Civil War
1960s
1950s
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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

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SCOTT ODELL AWARD
  • Since 1982
  • Honors most outstanding work of childrens
    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

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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
  • Ruthies Gift/Bradley
  • Out of the Dust/Hesse

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