Preparing to Write Historical Fiction: Determining Characteristics of the Genre
This lesson begins with an activity in which students deduce how to title the Elements of Fiction chart. Therefore, begin just with a blank piece of chart paper, rather than having the title already written out. Throughout this unit, students read a series of mentor texts. Mentor texts are model texts written by real authors that students examine in order to see strong examples of writing craft. In this unit, students analyze various examples of historical fiction. For more information on the use of mentor texts, read Study Driven by Katie Wood Ray.