Family Fiction - Writing Historical Fiction Based on Family History This creative writing project walks students 10 to 17 through the process of researching their family tree and selecting an ancestor to write about. By delving into the historical setting, students weave together a plot of fact and fiction to create a family tale to be cherished for generations to come.
Did you know historical fiction is growing on your family tree? Every young writer of historical fiction has plenty of inspiration just waiting to be plucked from his or her family tree. Our new book, Family Tree enables students to harvest this vast crop by producing short (or long!) stories that are not only thoroughly researched and well-written, but heirlooms to be treasured by your family for generations to come. Family Tree is recommended for ages 10 and up.
Presented in three phases—Research, Writing, and Editing—this workbook guides both student and instructor through the process of gathering historical information, weaving fact and fiction together to create a plot, and then refining both content and style to fashion a unique and exciting work of fiction. The guide is self directed for the high school or gifted writer, while providing an instructor’s guide, detailed schedule with extra tips and suggestions for home educators working with younger or reluctant writers.
Checklists and a grading guide are included. Family Tree’s workbook design is consumable, but permission is granted for the purchasing family to make copies for multiple children and for multiple projects. Due to the vigor of the research phase, students will find a bountiful supply of family tales just waiting for pen and ink. Build a collection of family stories by reusing the product every two years.
Family Tree is a supplement to your current writing curriculum. Its primary focus is developing content and providing techniques for maturing a student’s writing style. It assumes that the student is comfortable with the basics of sentence and paragraph construction through writing five paragraph essays. Building on this foundation, Family Tree leads students through each step of the research, writing, and editing process. Completing this creative writing project will vary anywhere from four to ten weeks.
It should also be noted that Family Tree is an invaluable resource for Boy Scouts as there are three merit badges that relate to this topic.