Writing a Historical Fiction Story

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Grade Level
Middle School
Length of Time
1 hour

In this lesson, students will choose some period of history and write a fictional story, but the facts of history need to be true.


Students will learn:
About historical fiction stories
How to write a historical fiction story *

Materials Needed

Notebook Paper
Pencils and Erasers or Pens and Whiteouts
History Book


First, you will explain what a historical fiction story is and then have the students choose a period of history they would like to have for their setting.

A historical fiction story is a short story that is fiction, but some of the elements are true.

For example, you could write a story about Navaho Indians. The writer would discuss the true elements about Navaho Indians, but the characters are fictional and the other plot elements are fictional.

After that, they will write their short story.

Finally, they will read it over again so they can edit and revise it.

When they have completed their revision, they can submit their final copy.


You can grade the students on grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, paragraph structure, and the historical elements of the short story.

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