Reflection: Lesson Planning Stranger Than Fiction: Using Facts to Support Fiction - Section 1: Introduction


It is really important that you provide a way for students to access nonfiction text related to the times in history that their books are set in. It is also important for you to be ready with nonfiction materials that are connected to the read aloud.

I will try to find a few examples to use, an article, a picture, and a primary source. My historical fiction book was more recent history. The book I used was called A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. This book is about the cival war in Sudan. Therefore, I was able to find articles online that still referenced the conflict. Timelines are great examples of resource that will work.

With even more foresight, you might be able to find grade appropriate nonfiction texts for students to use. If your students have already had lessons on how to research, they may be able to use approved websites to research on their own. However, if you choose this route, just remember that it won't be as easy for some as it is for others. Some historical fiction topics are easy to find kid friendly information about, i.e. WWII but others such as the story of the Inuits are harder to find. 

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Stranger Than Fiction: Using Facts to Support Fiction

Unit 12: Discovering Struggle in Historical Fiction
Lesson 14 of 16

Objective: SWBAT research nonfiction related to historical fiction.

Big Idea: Students support their understanding of their historical fiction books with facts from nonfiction

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