Since most students don't like to read from dry textbooks, reading historical fiction books is a great way to get them interested in history AND provide facts and knowledge they need.
Audiobooks are easily accessible through Tales2go, so you can have your students listen to professionally narrated historical fiction titles. Many of you reading this are already familiar and comfortable with adding a listening component to your literacy instruction. But for those of you who are not yet, you can find resources all throughout our website like blogs such as Why Children Must Be Good Listeners, guest blogs, and research.
Here are some of the most popular Historical Fiction titles for Elementary and Middle school students...
Top row (left to right): Baseball Card series, Stone Angel, Henry's Freedom Box, What's the Big Idea Ben Franklin?, The Pilgrims of Plimoth
Bottom row (left to right): American Girl series, Dear America series, Sophia's War, I Survived series
Top row (left to right): A Long Walk to Water, Johnny Tremain, Inside Out & Back Again, Across Five Aprils, Dash, A Night Divided
Bottom row (left to right): My Brother Sam is Dead, The Hired Girl, Duke, Uprising, Zane and the Hurricane, Catherine Called Birdy
Many of these historical fiction audiobooks are told from the perspective of a child or young adult.
- Play one as a read aloud...have your students close their eyes and imagine what it would be like if they were there
- Make a timeline of events throughout the story
- Keep track of how the character changes throughout the story
- Have groups perform skits about the event
- Have students prepare a creative book report after listening to a book, reading a book and viewing a video about the certain event or time period
Use them during units about:
- Revolutionary War
- Civil War
- World War 1
- World War 2
- Hurricane Katrina
- The Holocaust
- Other specific events or time periods
This is a great site for resources you can use with Tales2go titles: http://www.confessionsofateachingjunkie.com/2015/02/hooray-for-historical-fiction.html
Let us know how else you use (or will use) these titles with your students. Happy listening!