This is an online reading response to my class. I took screenshots of my classmates responses as I’m to respond to 2 so please add those at the bottom of the main response thanks.

“An essential element of historical fiction is that it is set in the past and pays attention to the manners, social conditions and other details of the period depicted. Authors also frequently choose to explore notable historical figures in these settings, allowing readers to better understand how these individuals might have responded to their environments.”

(Wikipedia Entry: Historical Fiction.)

“A classic example of historical fiction is Johnny Tremain, a 1944 Newbery Medal book. The primary setting is Boston in 1773. The book contains both real and fictional characters, real and fictional settings, and real and fictional events. The book is successful because of author Esther Forbes’s extensive historical research and knowledge of the time period and her skillful blending of history and fiction into a believable story.”

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This week I’m hoping to relive the glory of our first discussion on the nature of discussions. To prepare for the midterm writing exercise we’ll be discussing the nature of historical fiction. To begin that discussion I would like you to read a brief account from The Guardian of historical fiction and some of  the controversies surrounding it.

“Historical fiction can speak very clearly to the present and the past”, The Guardian. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. –


How familiar are you with historical fiction? Have you encountered it in any of your other high school or college courses?

Contribute to the online discussion in Canvas, responding to the questions raised above and to the responses posted by others. This discussion will continue throughout the week. Be sure to check in early and often.

This assignment will be graded on an 10 point scale. Please consult the rubric for details on the criteria and grading. And be sure to read my Note Regarding Online Discussions.


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