Books for Units of Study in Writer's Workshop

Historical Narrative

Historical Narrative ­ Katie Wood Ray says in Study Driven, p. 201, "Writers sometimes take an actual story from history, researchto learn as much of the true detail of the story as they can, and then craft the story into a piece of literature. These aren't articles or books about an event in history; they are written as the actual story of what happened. The primary difference in this writing and historical fiction, of course, is that the basic story elements are all true: plot, characters, setting, movement through time, and change. The challenge in this kind of writing is to round out the bits and pieces of the story that the writer knows and craft them so the piece reads as a full-blown, engaging story."

Some of Katie Wood Ray's list from Study Driven

Cobblestone (American) and Calliope (World):two children's magazines devoted to history.

Flight by Robert Burleigh
The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq by Jeanette Winter
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
Black Cowboy, Wild Horses: A True Story by Julius Lester
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni

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