IDU Relationships in Time and Space
This IDU will integrate Individuals and Societies and Language and Literature. The purpose of the IDU is for students to synthesize historical research and source analysis to develop their creativity through the processes of writing historical fiction.
Creativity - Language and Literature
Perspective - What is your character?
Time, place and space - What era are you writing in? What was the society like? Where is your story placed?
Perspective - Who's viewpoint are you writing from?
Orientation in time and space - To understand where the fiction takes place (space), what the locations mean to the characters (place) and how the sequence of cause and effect (time) in the historical setting informs the story.
Statement of Inquiry
Creatively exploring setting and perspective changes understandings of time, place and space. This can augment or distort “historical truth”.
Factual Questions: Remembering facts and topics
- 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 worldviews did people have during the period of study?
- What is imagery and how does it enhance descriptive writing?
- How can the structure of writing evoke emotion in the reader?
- How do we develop characterisation?
- What are the conventions of the historical fiction genre?
Conceptual Questions: Analysing big ideas
- How did people perceive the places they inhabited?
- How do we share experiences of the past?
Debatable Questions: Evaluating perspectives and developing theories
- How far can we really understand what it was like to live in another age and place?
- Should fact and fiction be blurred?
- What is truth in history?