Objective: Forward; Part 1, Chapter 1 In the forward, Ballard clearly explains that this novel is based on his actual experiences during World War II, which is a period in history students may or may not have studied. Understanding what "based on" means and the definition of historical fiction will be important for students as they read this story; this lesson will introduce that concept and, in so doing, begin to set the stage for students by providing some historical context for the novel.
1. In-class writing: Ask students to define the word "historical." After 5-10 minutes, ask them to define "fiction." After another 5-10 minutes, first ask for volunteers to share their definition of "historical," then ask for volunteers to share their definition of "fiction." Take notes on the board/overhead. Ask students what "historical fiction" is and if, based on reading Ballard's forward, "Empire of the Sun" is...
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