Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Much of Slaughterhouse-Five is set in a specific historical time and place. During the book, the author references specific historical events, such as the firebombing of Dresden and the Children's Crusade. In this lesson, students will look at historical fiction as a genre.
1) In class discussion, ask students to define what historical fiction consists of. Ask students to provide examples of stories that are set in specific periods and that make use of real historical figures or events.
2) Homework: Have students interview an older friend or relative about historical events that took place during their childhood. Have them bring in a transcript or audio recording of the history.
3) Have the class discuss the purpose of historical fiction. Is it just to provide a colorful background for a story, or does it matter to a story when it takes place? What can you learn from reading...
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