Literature, Visual Art
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Lower Elementary
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Education Standards

Historical Fiction Book Report

Historical Fiction Book Report


Students read a historical fiction text and do a fun post card project report to show their understanding of the text.



In this book report, 3rd grade students will be choosing a historical fiction book to read based on their reading level, reading the book and then completing this fun post card format to show their comprehension of the book.

Time frame is about 1 month.  Students can create the post card on an ipad/mac or a hard paper copy will work as well.


Image created by me the author as an example of a postcard.

Background for Teachers

To teach this lesson, teachers will need an understanding of each student's reading level and will also need to model how to complete the post card based on their understanding of the book.

The teacher will model reading a historical fiction book and then give an example of a postcard that could be written for that particular book.


Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

Learning Intentions:

  • Students will be able to read a historical fiction text on their level
  • Students will be able to determine two characters in the text that could possibly write post cards to each other, showing the time frame of the story

Success Criteria:

  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge and comprehension of the book through creative art and writing postcards between two characters 


Step 2 - Planning Instruction


Student Background Knowledge

  • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have reading stamina to spend a large enough amount of time reading their historical fiction book.
  • Students will need a basic understanding of iPad functions and how to use it.
  • Students will need to understand and be aware of how the post card format works along with letter writing.

Strategies for Diverse Learners

Modifications can be made such as:

  • Help students choose the right leveled reader as they may not be able to decide on their own
  • Modify the length of the project, instead of 2-3 postcards, just 1 
  • Allow extra time

Extensions can be made such as:

  • faster paced timeline
  • allow for the opportunity to create multiple digital projects

Step 3 - Instruction

1.  Teacher will begin by discussing with students what historical fiction is and show them some examples.  It's a fictional story that takes place during a historical time.  Read a historical fiction picture book to the class.

2.  Using the picture book example, use two of the characters and discuss with the class what they might write to each other if they lived apart.  Model examples of what a postcard looks like with an illustration and letter writing format.  Model one post card example of the two characters from the book read and show the illustrations and written text.

3.  Write a post card together as a class for the second postcard, having the second character writing back.

4.  Students will independently read their own historical fiction books and then create 2-3 postcards of two characters writing back and forth to each other.  They will use the student checklist to make sure they know expectations for the project.

Time line:

  • 1-2 weeks to read book
  • 1-2 weeks to work on book report post card project

Students can create their post cards on hard paper copies or on the ipad using Keynote.


Step 4 - Assessments

  • Observations
  • Postcard Book Report Rubric