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Elements of Historical Fiction

Elements of Historical Fiction

Thomas Jefferson stood up during the Continental Congress and made a motion.

"Gentlemen, I propose that today we vote on the Declaration of Independence."

The room went silent. Vote on the Declaration of Independence? Was the man insane? They weren't ready to make that decision. Nevertheless, Thomas Jefferson was resolute.

"Come on, let's vote," he said again.

This passage is an example of historical fiction.

Historical fiction is a genre of fiction that focuses on the past. In historical fiction, the people, places, and events may be based on real people, places, and events, but the details may be made up or exaggerated.

The practice questions and video below will introduce you to more of the elements of historical fiction.

Required Video:

After watching the video, read the historical fiction stories and answer the questions on the worksheets below.

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