We are getting ready for a book feast…
First, there was all the preparation: read alouds with charting and talking and thinking and writing. Layer by layer, we built a foundation of knowledge about historical fiction. We learned to:
- Check our prior knowledge about the historical era and look things up to help us understand the context of events, action.
- Keep track of the real vs. the fictionalized characters, and the dynamics between them. How do writers of historical fiction weave real people into their fictional narrative – why?
- Chart the character’s interior lives – how are they reacting to external events and challenges? What is the author trying to say through these interactions?
- Pay attention to the larger meaning of the book – what message is the author sending us through this particular story, told this particular way? how can we apply what we learn about ourselves and our world to our daily lives? what theories can we grow about how people adapt to events beyond their control?
Then, there was the choosing: which stories would resonate with us at this time of year? which eras would entice us to time travel and explore? which friends would we want to take the journey with? I spend hours figuring out the pool of kids I have for the year, and culling books that are just right for them. After our book talks, here’s one for Under the Blood Red Sun:
we signed on for the book we loved, and waited for THE day (today!).
Next, there was the table setting:
And last, there is the feasting:
Let the book feasting begin!