Historical Fiction Unit Directions

DUE DATES: These dates are all Deadlines, which means you can (and probably should) be done before them.

Read 1/3 of book by - March 22
Read 2/3 of your book by March 28
Read your whole book by April 1
All 3 video blogs are due by April 13th. (You may make your 3 blogs after you read each 1/3 of your book or you may wait until the end to make all 3, but each video needs to be about 1/3 of the book).

What is this all about?
In class we are reading and learning about characters and historical fiction books. While we are working in class, you will also be doing some independent reading at home and at school with historical fiction books. Below are your directions.

1. Choose a book that fits under the genre of historical fiction ( we have done this).

2. While you read, you are going to create a series of video blogs about the book you are reading. See Blog directions below.

Video Blog Instructions

You are going to create a minimum of 3 blog entries about the book while you are reading it. You can make these videos at school with our iPads or at home.Below are a list of the entries you must make. You can use iMovie or any other tools you may have at home to create your videos. The length of each blog has to be an absolute minumum of one full minute.

I HIGHLY recommend that you take notes while you read or use sticky notes to help you remember important parts for your blogs. It will save you a LOT of time and stress in the long run!

1. First Entry - After you have read the first 1/3 of your book

a. You are going to take on the role of one of the main characters and explain what is happening in the book from their perspective.

b. Use your best acting skills to become the character and explain the setting, the other characters and what is happening in the book so far! Include important details about the character and the events in the book.

c. Don't forget to BE the character and tell us how you are feeling, what you are thinking, etc. Don't just retell basic information from the book. While you are retelling the information, you should tell us the character's thoughts and feelings the best you can!

3. Second Entry - After 2/3 of the book:

a. Come back as the character and explain to us what has happened since the last entry!

b. Be specific and give us good details from the story.
- What is the problem in the story?
- How is your character handling the problem so far?
- Has your character changed at all since the beginning of the book? Are they more brave, scared, wiser, etc.?

4. Third Entry - End of book:

a. Come back as the character and explain to us how the book ended.
- How was the problem solved?
- Did your character change in the book? How?
- What happened to other characters in the book?
- Anything else that is important to the end of the story?
- Did your character learn anything important?

b. Also watch these examples for help!



Second Book Directions: Once you finish your first book and all of your movies.
  • You can choose any historical fiction book you want for your second book
  • You can read this book at your own pace and do not need to complete any responses
  • When you are finished with the book you will complete a final project comparing the two books. See Mr. Smith for these directions
  • Be sure that all work is completed by the due date at the top of this page.

· Ask a friend
· Re-read the directions
· Ask your teacher