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Keywords:

  • Assessment ;
  • Authentic;
  • To inform instruction, as inquiry ;
  • Comprehension ;
  • Depth of (higher level, literal level, etc.);
  • Questioning;
  • Literature ;
  • Author studies;
  • Genre studies;
  • Literature-based instruction;
  • Adolescent/young adult literature;
  • Children's literature;
  • Fiction;
  • Motivation/engagement ;
  • Attitude;
  • Interest;
  • Research methodology ;
  • Action research, teacher research;
  • Strategies, methods, and materials ;
  • Instructional strategies, teaching strategies;
  • Supplementary resources;
  • Teacher education, professional development ;
  • Theoretical perspectives ;
  • Critical literacy;
  • Vocabulary ;
  • Practice, exposure, wide reading;
  • To learners in which of the following categories does your work apply? ;
  • Early adolescence ;
  • Adolescence ;
  • College/university students

Abstract

Authentication projects, particularly for historical fiction, provide a means for students to explore literature and history while practicing critical literacy skills. The authors 1) present benefits and cautions for historical fiction use in elementary classrooms 2) introduce authentication projects as a means to mitigate risks and enhance benefits of using historical fiction, 3) document the use of authentication projects with pre-service teachers, and 4) provide guidelines for implementing authentication projects with elementary students.