Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding What Time is it? Paying Attention to Place in Time in Historical Fiction - Section 2: Guided Practice and Independent Practice


Sometimes you can create a timeline of the information in the text as it appears while you are reading. Many students are use to this way of recording the plot. Unfortunately, many young historical fiction books will also just tell straight. Some historical fiction books, good ones, have characters that reflect and think back and remember things that influence the way they think, what they believe in and their actions. 

I explain to students that that is an okay way to record information from the text. However, for this lesson and this skill, they need to record it on a timeline as events might happen if this was real life. That seems to help. Also, in some examples, cause and effect forces students to put the events on the timeline correctly (for example, a soldier's injured leg might be the first thing we read about but its the war a year before that happens first).

  A Timeline of What, Exactly?
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: A Timeline of What, Exactly?
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What Time is it? Paying Attention to Place in Time in Historical Fiction

Unit 12: Discovering Struggle in Historical Fiction
Lesson 9 of 16

Objective: SWBAT accurately create a timeline events when they are described out of order.

Big Idea: Historical fiction, as well as other complex fictional stories, reveal important back story through flashback and future insight in the text. This can be confusing.

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English / Language Arts, Fiction (Reading), Fictional Literature, historical fiction, flashback (Fictional Lit), back story, fiction, 4th grade, story elements, history, timeline, flashback, Read Aloud, Fourth Grade, fourth
  35 minutes
spiral timeline
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