Historical Fiction Book Report

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Have each student select a historical fiction book from a list you offer; suggested reading lists for fifth-graders are available on the PBS website and the Ann Arbor District Library website.Have them create their own book jackets including an illustrative cover, a brief summary of the book, a personal review and a short biography about the author.

Have each student select a historical fiction book from a list you offer; suggested reading lists for fifth-graders are available on the PBS website and the Ann Arbor District Library website.

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Encourage them to focus on central conflicts and how they are resolved.

After each student finishes her oral book review, host a brief question-and-answer session so students can ask the presenter questions about the book.

Discuss elements of historical fiction and read a selection or two together as a class, such as "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry -- a book about a girl's survival during World War I -- or "Crispin: The Cross of Lead" by Avi -- a story about an English teenager's fearful journey during the 14th century.

Ask your students to write their own two- to three-page historical fiction story, choosing any historical period they want.

Instruct them to spend approximately half of the time explaining the plot, major characters and important themes and the other half discussing the setting and historical context.

They'll likely need to do some additional research to explain the historical context.

Cut standard poster board in half and give each student a piece; provide colored pencils, crayons and markers.

Encourage your class to draw something different from what's presented on the cover of the book and include historical details on their posters.

As curriculum developer and educator, Kristine Tucker has enjoyed the plethora of English assignments she's read (and graded! Her experiences as vice-president of an energy consulting firm have given her the opportunity to explore business writing and HR.

Tucker has a BA and holds Ohio teaching credentials.

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