Good news! There may be a minimum age for reading middle-grade but there’s no maximum age.
Why will you love middle-grade historical fiction?
- Well-crafted novels – Charming characters and captivating settings are needed for quality historical fiction. Literature has standards, no matter the target age.
- Loads of action – Children are in front of screen an average of 5-7 hours per day (stat from Medlineplus.gov). Authors use action to grab and hold a middle-grader’s attention.
- Surprises – Who doesn’t love a good plot twist? Authors use this writing tool to keep readers guessing.
- Heart-wrenching scenes – A terrible accident leaving a character devastated or an unexpected kind gesture from an unexpected source. Childhood can be intense and confusing. Fictional childhoods are no different.
- Informative details – Historical fiction writers at all levels are serious about historic details.
- Fast-paced plots – Middle-grade novels keep the stakes high. Try to keep up!
- Smaller word counts – Smaller word-count plus fast-paced action makes most middle-grade historical fiction a quick read.
Have a favorite middle-grade historical fiction novel? Please leave it in the comments.
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.
Find more lesson plan ideas at Marcie Colleen’s website. Share your experiences in the comments.
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