Historical Fiction is Fun!

The guidelines for your final project

Summary of your Novel. Ex: A Soldier's Heart

Here you will summarize the important parts of your novel. Using the "Somebody, wanted, but, so" strategy, provide a complete summary of your novel's characters, setting, plot events and theme.

Summary of the Historical Era. Ex: The Civil War

Here you will summarize the historical era in which your book is set. Include the 5W's: Who, What, When, Where, Why and don't forget the How. Be sure to include key historical people, places, events, and things that are important to your novel.

Historical Critique of Your Novel. Ex: The Historical Lessons of A Soldier's Heart

Here you will critique the author's incorporation of historical elements into a fictional story. You want to state clearly what you think the author did well. You NEED to support your crtitique with quotes.

Be sure to focus on three (3) of the following:


  • Authentic characters
  • Realistic setting
  • Actual historic figures
  • The artistic mix of histroic fact and fiction.

The First Minnesotta Volunteers: The history of Charley Goddard

You may decide to include a video to support your critique.


For example, the main character in A Soldier's Heart, Charley Goddard, is based on a real person of the same name. The author, Gary Paulsen, conducted extensive research into Charley's experience in the war to create a truly believeble and accurate, albiet fictional, portrayal of a real Civil War soldier. The real Charley is highlighted in this video.

Men of the 1st - Charles Goddard