Objective: Introduction, Section I, King Alfred the Great Works of fiction are those that are invented. Novels, short stories, fables are fictional. They contain created characters and situations. Non-fiction works are, quite simply, the opposite. These are works based in fact. History, how-to, biographies, autobiographiesare non-fiction. Alfred the Great is non-fiction. It uses historical documents to write a biography of a real person, keeping the "narrative" as close to the truth as possible. The objective of this lesson is to learn about fiction and non-fiction using Alfred the Great as an example of non-fiction writing.
1) Class Discussion: What are the two categories of writing? What is non-fiction? What are the characteristics of a work of non-fiction? Why did Asser choose to write about Alfred in a non-fiction work? How would the book be different if Asser had written it as fiction? What does non-fiction bring to Alfred...
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