Historical fiction is a combination of historical facts and a great story. It accurately reflects the period in which it is set and portrays the characters in realistic situations. When choosing a historical fiction novel, one should be careful not to choose a novel that is set in the past, but without events that reflect the real events happening at that time. The plot of the story should reflect its historical period so well that the story could not occurred at any other time in history. In most of the historical fiction written for young adults, the protagonist is someone close to the reader’s age. The common core standard in English-language arts for grades 6-8 states that students should comprehend literature proficiently and one of the genre of stories listed is historical fiction. Your school district may have a list of specific books to use or you may check online for an appropriate list from the Children’s Book Council or other reputable web sites. This lesson is appropriate for whole class reading, reading in pairs or reading in small groups. Reading in pairs or small groups allows you to have students self-select books at their own instructional reading level. This meets the needs of all students in a diversified classroom. While some students may be reading novels at a seventh grade level and other students may be reading at a fourth grade level, they will all be learning the same lessons and will be graded on how well they have learned the lessons you are teaching. This is especially helpful if you have students with special needs in your classroom as well as students who are gifted.