Lesson 1 (from Prologue-Chapter 8)
"Noble House" is considered historical fiction. Historical fiction is a mix of fiction and historical fact. Although some facts may be true, most of the story is fictionalized. This lesson will focus on the literary genre of historical fiction, using "Noble House" as an example.
1. Individual - Have the students write a short paragraph defining fiction and historical writing, or, make a list of characteristics of fiction and historical writing. Ask some of the students to share what they have written with the class.
2. Class - As a class discuss what historical fiction is. Make a list of its characteristics. Do all the characters have to be fictional? Must the historical events be portrayed accurately? How accurately does the author have to portray the social conditions and mores of the times? What makes historical fiction different from general fiction? Is there a difference?
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