Co-curricular assignment: History and Creative Writing

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One of my favorite works of fiction is the Murdoch Mysteries TV Series. Science and History are included in every episode. Alexander Graham Bell appears in the photo here with Detective Murdoch.

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The Scott O’Dell Award focuses on historical fiction:

“In 1982, Scott O’Dell established The Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. The annual award of $5,000 goes to an author for a meritorious book published in the previous year for children or young adults.  Scott O’Dell established this award to encourage other writers–particularly new authors–to focus on historical fiction. He hoped in this way to increase the interest of young readers in the historical background that has helped to shape their country and their world.”

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This site gives a list of Scott O’Dell Award winners according to their historical period.

http://www.scottodell.com/pages/ScottO%27DellAwardforHistoricalFiction.aspx

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One of my favorites is The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan.

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Perhaps you need a lesson plan on Amelia Earhart. Find one here:

http://idptv.state.id.us/ntti/nttilessons/lessons2002/taylortatten.html

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http://airandspace.si.edu/explore-and-learn/topics/women-in-aviation/earhart.cfm

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Find lesson plans relating to other famous historical figures here:

http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/byrnes-famous/names.html

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This shows that historical fiction can be created for ALL ages.

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Check out Murdoch here:

http://murdochmysteries.com/

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An inexpensive traditional art project such as silhouette portraits  could be included in this unit.

https://librarysocietyfriendsblog.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/playing-with-shadows-silhouette-portraits-and-how-to-make-them/

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Now, go write some historical fiction! Don’t forget to have fun with it.

(Steampunk is permitted!)