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The Day It All Began: Historical Fiction

School: Friends Academy

City/State: Dartmouth, MA

Grade(s): 6

Format(s): Historical Fiction

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Social Studies

Type(s): Narrative

Writing Assignment Description

Sixth grade students at Friends Academy in Dartmouth, Massachusetts created historical fiction pieces as a culmination of writing and history learning. Supported by models, critique and multiple drafts or work, students crafted stories with the aspiration of being historically accurate and informational; appropriate in historical tone; and compelling to read. They were influenced by the study of primary and secondary source historical documents, and by historically rich literature.

How This Writing Can Be Useful

  • Shows how historical fiction can bring history alive
  • Thoughtful and skilled use of detail to increase reader engagement

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can write narrative texts about real or imagined experiences using relevant details and event sequences that make sense.
  • I can use correct capitalization, punctuation, and spelling to send a clear message to my reader.
  • I can maintain consistency in style and tone when writing and speaking.
  • I can use resources to build my vocabulary.
  • EL has not created long-term learning targets for WHST standards.
  • EL has not created long-term learning targets for WHST standards.
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