Historical Fiction

Update: After all your feedback, I have revamped the project and uploaded a new file. I am leaving this page up as a sample of work in progress. Please take a look at the new project!

New Handout: Historical Fiction (MS Word document file).

I want my 11th grade British Literature and Composition students to read and think about an outside novel, and I settled on historical fiction. I am uploading and attaching the handout I created, and I would appreciate your feedback. I'm not too sure the projects all address the essential questions. However, after thinking about it, perhaps I'm being too narrow. Students, after all, have to figure out how to approach the project so they do address the problems. All of the books are about historical personages or events from the time period first semester will address: Medieval to Restoration/Neoclassical England.

Handout: Historical Fiction (MS Word document file)

I need feedback regarding audience. Who are my students sharing their understandings with? In other words, if I am asking them to create a product that simulates a real-world problem, who could their audience be? I am thinking in terms of UbD pp. 157-159. I need to frame this using GRASPS. I could narrow down the choices so that everyone is performing the same task. I like the wiki idea. But it is clear to me I need to think in terms of what role the students are taking on. I really like some of the assignment ideas. The idea that the historical person would confront the book's author is really appealing to me, too. Does it need to be framed using GRASPS, or is it a good assessment in the way I've presented it? Wiggins and McTighe say "Not every performance assessment needs to be framed by GRASPS. However, we propose that at least one core performance task for assessing understanding in a major unit or course be developed in this fashion" (158).

After reading p. 187 "Self-Test of Assessment Ideas," I offer the following Self-Tests for each project idea:

I just had a brainwave -- what if I made this a literature circles assignment and had each group of students who read the same book examine the understandings I'm after by creating a wiki? One approach I could use is to set the assignment up in the format followed by a webquest, in which each student would have a job to do, directed toward a certain audience. I might want to pare down selections.