Readability Level: 1st Grade Readability
Recommended Ages: 11-18
Subject/Genre: Historical Fiction
DRP Lexile Rating: Lexile: 140-340
These graphic and colorful 48-page books meet Common Core genre requirements and feature a fictional story, two pages of nonfiction, and two pages of activities, giving students some background knowledge necessary to understanding historical events. Using fiction to amplify history also allows students to think critically about the past—and piques curiosity, leading to further exploration and discovery.
Tail Gunner: The Story of a Bombing Raid
Another Night. Another bombing raid. Will this mission be the one we don't make it back?
Vietnam: The Story of a Marine
Every day we went on patrol. The Viet Cong were everywhere. Hiding in jungles. Hiding in villages. We had to find them, before they found us.
Pirate: The Story of a Buccaneer
One day, we saw a treasure ship. Up went our black flag. They fired their guns. We fired back. They tried to escape, but we were too fast…
Samurai: The Story of a Warrior
We face each other on the battlefield. Two proud samurai. Revenge burns in my heart. Here is where it ends.
Viking: The Story of a Raider
We wait in the early morning darkness. Soon we will attack. My axe and sword are ready. Viking blood runs through my veins.
Over the Top: The Story of a Soldier
I wait in the trench. The big guns boom all night. Tomorrow we go over the top. Will I ever see my home again?
Titanic: The Story of a Disaster
The ship is sinking. I don't want to die in the icy sea. When will help come? Who will save us?
Gladiator: The Story of a Fighter
I wait deep below the arena. Soon it will be my turn to fight. I am a gladiator now. I must kill or be killed!
Resistance Fighter: The Story of a Secret War
I carried messages for the Resistance. Secret messages from fighter to fighter. There were German soldiers everywhere. I was always in danger.
A Dream of America: The Story of an Immigrant
Life was hard in my village in Poland. So I came to America. I have little money and I don’t speak English. Will my dream of a better life come true?
Holocaust: The Story of a Survivor
They took my clothes. They shaved my head. I was given a prisoner number. I was no longer human!
Runaway: The Story of a Slave
I was born a slave. I belong to the master. But tonight I will escape and I will never go back.