Fun Lesson Plan for Middle-Grade Historical Fiction

Use historical fiction in the classroom as a tool for honing writing skills. This plan is useful after the class has read a middle-grade historical fiction novel together.

♦ Objective: Broaden students’ understanding of character motivation

♦ Activity: Create and compare two Motivation Maps

  • Draw the outline of a person on the board or with an overhead projector. You can use craft paper and make it life size.
  • Ask students to write personality traits of the main character inside the outline, one at a time.
  • Ask students to write outside influences on the main character outside the outline, one at a time. Include influences specific to the time period.
  • Have students draw the outline of a person on their own large sheet of paper.
  • Have them copy all the outside influences from the class outline to their own.
  • Ask students to write their own personality traits inside the outline.

♦ Discussion: Ask students how they would react differently than the main character did to the outside influences and why.

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Find more lesson plan ideas at Marcie Colleen’s website. Share your experiences in the comments.

Put Yourself on the A Little Wicked Reader Map!

Put Yourself on the A Little Wicked Reader Map! Follow these simple steps to add yourself!

  1. Click on the link to the map.
  2. If asked for a key, type in IREADIT! (no spaces) and click the “Unlock” button.
  3. In upper left of the page, hover over the “Additions” button.
  4. Choose Add Marker – Simple
  5. In the pop-up window add your FIRST NAME, NICKNAME, or simply put “Me!No last names or anything with personal identification!
  6. In Location, type in the name of your town or city. Do not enter anything in the other boxes.
  7. Choose a color for your marker and hit Submit!

https://www.zeemaps.com/map?group=1544776

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Thank you for reading A Little Wicked!

If you haven’t read it yet, ask about it at your local library!

The A LITTLE WICKED Library Network – Thank You Libraries!!

Librarians and Teachers:

Is your library part of the A Little Wicked Library Network? If your library holds a copy of A Little Wicked (thank you!) it should be listed on this map. The list was found at www.WorldCat.org. Please contact me with any changes.  Thank you!

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https://www.zeemaps.com/map?group=1544576

You may need the key! If prompted, enter ViewTheM@p and click the “Unlock” button.

Readers:

If you have read A Little Wicked (thank you!), stay tuned for another blog post with a map where you can add your city and state to let everyone know Who Has Read A Little Wicked!

Curriculum Guide

A Little Wicked Guide – free PDF download

“…readers will learn a lot about resilience and Scottish identity.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Now that A Little Wicked is available in libraries across the country (and a little in Canada!), it’s a good time to repost the link to the FREE A Little Wicked Curriculum Guide written by Marcie Colleen.  It is an excellent resource for homeschool families, librarians, book clubs, teachers and other educators.

Remember the multi-talented and effervescent Marcie Colleen has written many amazing curriculum guides for picture books as well as middle grade. Take a look!

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Book Birthday Special!

A Little Wicked was published one year ago!  What a year it has been.  Thank you to all who help get the word out about Dory’s Story!

Due to the birthday milestone, I can offer reduced rates (often FREE!). Now is your chance to book a site visit or videoconference with the author of A Little Wicked!  Contact me to schedule a date.

There are loads of ways we can connect and share the love of creativity!

Change History! I have activities to help you or your students use history to spark their creativity!  I also love speaking to groups about being an author.  Has your group read A Little Wicked? I’d love to give you the inside story!

A Little Wicked is intended for audiences aged 10 and up so adult book clubs are encouraged to contact me! Just go to the Contact Me page and send me a note to see if we can set something up!

Don’t forget to download your free copy of the Curriculum Guide for A Little Wicked Guide!