“…every student has a built-in treasure trove of inspiration for historical fiction: ancestors.” (Family Fiction, p. 1)
Recommended for ages 10 through high school (and even adult!), this guide contains a suggested schedule, tips, and grading guidelines and includes student and instructor checklists for research, writing, and editing. It assumes a student’s prior understanding of the basics of sentence and paragraph construction.
Writing Your Story: In historical fiction, certain parts must be fact and certain parts can be fiction. The workbook takes students through the elements of a story to explain what must be fact, fiction, or either. It provides details on how to incorporate the facts into the story (as you “write a story, not a report”) and includes examples on how to begin a story in an engaging way.
Editing Your Story: This section explains the use of adjectives, adverbs (on weak verbs vs. strong verbs), passive language vs. direct action, and a variety of sentence starters. A student checklist aids the editing process.
Instructor’s Notes with Answer & Instructor’s Checklist:
This section includes specific recommendations and resources for the instructor, an answer key, an instructor’s checklist, and a list of historical novels you may want to have your student read before attempting to write a work of historical fiction.
Andrea’s Homeschool Tips: A veteran homeschool mom provides specific tips for using this guide with reluctant or inexperienced writers age 10-13. Also included are a schedule for completing the project in 26 school days, a grading guide, how to organize a Family Tree Binder, how to adapt the assignments for different age levels, and ideas for enhancing the project.
To download a sample of Family Tree, click here.
From now until August 15th, BrimWood Press is offering Family Fiction: Writing Historical Fiction Based on Family History (along with Lessons on Time) at a 20% discount using the coupon code “summer16.”
If you are interested in simple products to use for exploring history and/or worldview with your family, be sure to visit the following links:
What about Worldview?
Calendar Quest: 5,000 Years of History in 16 Lessons
History through the Summer… and Beyond
Understanding Centuries with a Toothpick Timeline
Conversations from the Garden
Christian Theology and Ancient Polytheism: Study for the Dialectic
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