Writing Historical Fiction

Grades 5-7, 120-240min

In the Writing Historical Fiction project, students interview an adult family member or neighbor about their experience with a significant historical tragedy as a child or young adult. Students research the event and combine facts with their interview responses to craft a historical fiction narrative told from the perspective of their interview subject. This project closely aligns with Christopher Paul Curtis’ “The Watsons Go to Birmingham”, but can be adapted to fit other historical fiction novels as well.

Photo of students working on laptops

Topics addressed

Students will be able to



Suggested lesson breakdown

This project can be spaced out over a few days or over a few weeks.

Common Core standards