Objective: Part 1 The character of Peyton Farquhar was not real yet the story is set against a real event, the Civil War, placing this story in the historical fiction genre. The objective of this lesson is to understand historical fiction.
1) Lead the class in a discussion of historical fiction. Have the students compare and contrast the life of Peyton and his family with that of people who actually lived during the Civil War period in America. Even though there is not much detail about Peyton's family in the story, what conclusions can be drawn when comparing to people who lived in Alabama during the Civil War? What similarities do they find? What differences do they see? How closely does the author mirror the real people of Alabama? Discuss.
Divide the class into small groups and have them research the concept of historical stories. Historical fiction is usually...
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