Books for Units of Study in Writer's Workshop
Historical Fiction ~ fiction that is based on historical truth. Paraphrased from Study Driven by Katie Wood Ray: Contains all the elements of story: plot, setting, characters, change and movement through time. Events in the historial time period in which the story is set must impact both the characters and events in the story in ways that are true.
Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
Molly Bannaky by Alice McGill
White Socks Only by Evelyn Coleman
More Than Anything Else by Mariee Bradby
My Name Was Hussein by Hristo Kyuchukov
From Katie Wood Ray's list in Study Driven
Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki
Paperboy by Mary Kay Kroeger and Louise Borden
True Hear by Marissa Moss
The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II by Louise Borden
Patrol: An Amerian Soldier in Vietnam by Walter Dean Myers
Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey
Sunsets of the West by Tony Johnston
Dandelions by Eve Bunting
Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting
Revolutionary War / Civil War
REDCOATS AND PETTICOATS: Kirkpatrick, Katherine
Young Thomas and his mother are members of the Setauket Spy Ring in New York during the Revolutionary War.
KATIE'S TRUNK: Turner, Ann Warren
Katie, a child of Loyalists, finds that her survival rests in the hands of her Patriot enemies.
THE BLUE AND THE GRAY. Bunting, Eve
This one is really good to discuss how factual information is embedded into fictional text.
BAREFOOT: ESCAPE ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. Edwards, Pamela Duncan
In the forest, a group of animals helps a runaway slave escape his pursuers.
SWEET CLARA AND THE FREEDOM QUILT: Hopkinson, Deborah
Clara, a young slave, stitches a quilt with a map pattern showing the way to freedom in the North.
World War II
ROSE BLANCHE. Innocenti, Roberto
When Rose sees a little boy trying to escape from the back of a truck, only to be captured and shoved back in, she decides to follow thetruck. At a desolate place out of town she discovers many other children, staring hungrily from behind an electric barbed wire fence.
Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker- Brandeis and the Children of Terezin
Remember Not To Forget Me by Norman H. Finkelstein
A Picture Book of Anne Frank by David A. Adler
Always Remember Me: How One Family Survived WW II by Marisabina Russo
Flowers on the Wall by Miriam Nerlove.
STAR OF FEAR, STAR OF HOPE by Hoestlandt, Jo
Nine-year-old Helen is confused by the disappearance of her Jewishfriend during the German occupation of Paris.
The Bracelet, by Yoshiko Uchida
BASEBALL SAVED US: Mochizuki, Ken
Shorty, a young boy living in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II, helps form a baseball league.
Immigration / Emigration
WHEN JESSIE CAME ACROSS THE SEA: Hest, Amy
Thirteen-year-old Jessie, a Jewish immigrant, works for three years to earn money to bring her grandmother to America. This one is long. But good.
DANDELIONS. Bunting, Eve
A pioneer family moves west and faces hardship.
LEAH'S PONY: Elizabeth Friedrichs.
A young girl's effort to save her family farm during the dust bowl. She does this by selling her beloved pony so she has the money to bid on the tractor during the farm auction. It is a beautiful story and the pictures are beautiful, as well.
Thanks for visiting Share2Learn!