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lesson 1
1 hour

Preparing to Write Historical Fiction: Determining Characteristics of the Genre


This lesson begins with an activity in which students deduce how to title the Elements of Fiction chart. Therefore, begin just with a blank piece of chart paper, rather than having the title already written out. Throughout this unit, students read a series of mentor texts. Mentor texts are model texts written by real authors that students examine in order to see strong examples of writing craft. In this unit, students analyze various examples of historical fiction. For more information on the use of mentor texts, read Study Driven by Katie Wood Ray.


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Bilingual Language Progressions

These resources, developed by the New York State Education Department, provide standard-level scaffolding suggestions for English Language Learners (ELLs) to help them meet grade-level demands. Each resource contains scaffolds at multiple levels of language acquisition and describes the linguistic demands of the standards to help ELA teachers as well as ESL/bilingual teachers scaffold content for their English learning students.


From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 4 ELA Module 2A, Unit 3, Lesson 1. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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