002 - Research

Factual Questions

What relevant historical events occurred before, during and as a consequence of the period investigated?
How did different people live during the period of study?
What world views did people have during the period of study?


What is Historical Fiction?

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  • It is a story set in the past - we are focusing on the medieval period
  • It deals with historical themes (war, daily life, disease, death, worship (Christendom and Islam), society, economy and politics)
  • It allows emotional and psychological engagement with the past (putting ourselves in other people’s shoes in times past and imaging living their lives as lived over a particular period of time); 
  • It can describe what happened at a key event e.g. a battle
  • It describes also what might have happened - it works in the gaps of history
  • It deals with known historical figures and great events (e.g. The Battle of Hastings of 1066, the Black Death pandemic of 1347-53, the English Peasants’ Revolt of 1381)
  • It deals with ordinary people in ordinary historical situations (peasants, merchants, reeves, priests, bishops, knights, noblemen and women)
Watch the youtube clip below and write in the padlet questions you would have needed to answer to get the historical accuracy of the films.

Historical Fiction


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What makes a good story?

Thank you for this Mrs. Davison. I have colour coded what we will focus on in I&S and what you will focus on in English. This is to help make sure the subjects don't overlap too much. Remember in I&S you are researching the history for your story.

              • I&S = Green
              • English = Red

Characters we care about - empathy

(Real characters from history)

Setting and surroundings - real historical settings

(Based in historical research)

Authentic (believable) language and dialogue

(Based in historical research)

Atmosphere and mood

(Can be based on the writings of medieval chroniclers)

Suspense and tension

(Based in actual episodes and events that took place in history)

Accurate historical details

Pace and delay

(literary devices and techniques)

Plot ( a problem to solve)

(Based in historical fact - significance of the episode in history)

Literary techniques. These might include the following: alliteration, vivid adjectives, effective verbs….





Activity - Research 

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In Individuals and Societies we will be using mindmeister to record you questions and research for your story. To find out how to use mindmeister read the article below. I have shared with you a template to use for your mindmeister through managebac. Once you have signed into mindmeister you will need to upload the link shared with you. The template will help you to think about what questions you will need to ask yourself before you begin even researching for your story.


Mindmeister Template for Writing a Historical Story


Useful Resources

We will fill this in as a group as you decide what you like to write about and you begin to research.