Historical Fiction Through Fifth Graders' Eyes

Rebecca Barone, Bethany Oswalt, Diane Barone


Historical fiction is a complex genre as it includes both fiction and nonfiction. We explored fifth grade students’ understandings of historical fiction by examining their written comments during their reading. We discovered that the students focused most noticeably on the narrative. The Fact Finder job led students to consider the history surrounding the story. We observed slight changes over time where students began to describe vocabulary and historical events and how they connected to the narrative.


historical fiction; comprehension; intermediate students

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