Looking for the History in Historical Fiction: An Epidemic for Reading

Combine informational reading skills with fictional text in an innovative historical fiction lessons. After reading a fictional text related to diseases, class members read non-fictional text to gain knowledge about specific infectious disases. Then, they analyze their fictional book to verify the information. During the last session, individuals choose from a list of projects that allows for self-reflection and presentation of newfound knowledge. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Check out fiction and non-fiction books related to communicable diseases, illnesses, and epidemics to support instruction and completion of lesson
  • Display the historical fiction definition for everyone to see
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson includes five sessions; be sure to plan accordingly
  • Assumes learners have a strong understanding of historical fiction
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information

  • Resource includes links to websites for learners to research diseases, along with interactive websites for exploration
  • Lesson provides clear and detailed procedures to keep students engaged
  • Data sheets, guiding questions, handouts, booklists, and rubric are all included within the lesson

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