Real Reading: Historical Fiction (4 of 4)
Historical Fiction novels are stories where the plot or setting is set in the past. Typically, the books are historically accurate with facts, but the story line is fictional or may have fictional components. Historical fiction as a genre makes it easy to lend itself to the idea of building text-to-self and text-to-world content at home with similar connections that you learned about in the previous post about non-fiction reading. This could include visiting local or virtual destinations that help to make reading real.
In addition, at home you can build connections to reading by introducing a book or following up a book with a movie, documentaries, video clips, or even photos that connect to the theme or plot of the story. Exposure to non-fiction and historical fiction books at home will allow for more authentic connections with videos. For example, if your child was reading the book Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, you could have them watch videos about being segregation and how individuals were impacted during the great depression. YouTube, History, and the Library of Congress all have materials for children that can help bring the plot of Bud, not Buddy to life.
Visiting landmarks is also a way that you could build connections. This could include natural or manmade landmarks. For example, your child may read Escape to the Everglades by Edwina Raffa and then actually go and visit the Everglades National Park and learn about Seminole culture.
What ways do you think you can tie in real world experiences to help your child to build connections with reading?
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