This fun creative writing assignment will encourage students to sharpen their research skills and to deepen their understanding of the time and society portrayed in the text they are studying in class by writing historical fiction.
We often make the mistake of thinking that people who lived 30 or 75 or 150 years ago were “just like us” only with different clothes. The typical novel unit focuses on universal themes and questions, which helps us make connections with other cultures and times, but might also be an oversimplification.
By focusing on the details of a culture, this assignment helps students learn that life wasn’t always the way it is today.
This fun assignment works for any book that is at least 30 years old or so, though it is probably best with a book that is older than that. Any length book would work well, including novellas or longer novels or plays or even a long poem.
The packet includes a handout for students explaining the steps for the project, discussion questions to use during the novel or play study in class, as well as a rubric for grading the final products.
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