A Book Review: Using Historical Fiction for Writing Prompts - The Bronze Bow

Young, budding authors learn much from utilizing historic fiction because writing prompts and integrating many topics forming a unit research. To demonstrate we'll utilize The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare who dwelt form 1908-1994. This publication won the 1962 Newbery Medal.

Literature and Vocabulary: Students will need to understand that ancient fiction has a narrative that originated from the writer's creativity in an historical setting. For Your Bow, We Must know that a tiny town in Palestine near Capernaum throughout the Life Span of Christ creates the SETTING for its time and location of the narrative.
CHARACTERS at The Bronze Bow comprise: Daniel, his sister Leah; Joel and his twin sister Thacia, Joel and Thacia's dad, a significant Rabbi; Simon the Zealot (Luke 6:15), Rosh, Samson; Marcus, the young Roman soldier and Jesus. According to the Bible, we all know that Jesus lived and the narrative describes this Jesus. The majority of the other titles happen frequently in Scriptures or generally historic writings, but Speare probably only used them since they match the atmosphere.
TITLE and THEME comes out of, Psalm 18:33-35,"He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and puts me on my high places. He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You also have given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great."
Based on Merriam-Webster's online dictionary ZEALOT, a noun, means,"a man that has strong feelings of something (for example, politics or faith ) and that wants others to own those feelings"
Further, based on Easton's Bible Dictionary that a zealot isalso,"A sect of Jews which originated with Judas the Gaulonite (Acts 5:37). They refused to pay tribute to the Romans, on the ground that this was a breach of this principle which God was the sole king of Israel. They rebelled against the Romans, but were soon scattered, and turned into a lawless group of only brigands."
Other subjects you can tackle with this novel include math (discuss distances between the village and Capernaum); Occupational Education / Background (research regarding the jobs of this time - blacksmith, rabbi); Science / Health (explore therapeutic methods of the time), Art / Music (create a version of this field; research the songs of the Jews of the time) and Physical Education (walk 3 miles to learn how much time it would take to get from the village into Capernaum).
The Bronze Bow
by Elizabeth George Speare
Elizabeth George Speare opens The Bronze Bow together with our primary character on the mountain with Rosh, a zealot. When the Romans murdered Daniel's parents years before, he decided to join a group of Zealots under the direction of Rosh. This young guy followed Rosh believing when the timing was correct, they'd conquer the Romans. Through the book we see how Daniel advances in his knowledge of how the Jews are free of the Romans. Throughout the story, we follow Daniel, as a follower of Rosh, the Zealot from the mountainas a source for Rosh, at town and Daniel, as a follower of Christ, at town.
Daniel matches Joel and Thacia while they research the treacherous mountain region until their family moves into Capernaum. He warns them to keep away from this field. Joel recalls that Daniel had abandoned his blacksmith apprenticeship in disgrace. Daniel firmly believes in Rosh's assignment to restore Israel into self-government with no Romans who'd murdered Daniel's parents. Additionally, Joel claims Rosh when the time came he would avail himself Rosh for the assignment. Once they'd gone, Rosh delivered Daniel on his very first solo job to catch a servant who at the end could just respond to Daniel. Many didn't enjoy that Rosh stole and caught to allow them to mount the assault in the Rosh believed the ideal moment.
Then we learn that Daniel's grandma dies and he has to come back to the village to watch over his sister, Leah. She leaves her house and can't tolerate traffic. Daniel can now openly return since the blacksmith with whom he'd apprenticed had expired. Simon, the Zealot, plus a blacksmith, desired to follow Jesus therefore that he gave his store and house to Daniel. That enabled Daniel to operate and maintenance for Leah. Daniel and Joel both have jobs to perform for Rosh while still residing in their various homes. Thacia along with the young guys meet together and make a pact employing the verse from Psalm because their slogan,"So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze" even though they didn't completely comprehend it. Surprisingly, Thacia and Leah eventually become buddies. Much forfeit ensues as Daniel proceeds to believe that beneath Rosh's direction that the Israelites will conquer the Romans.
Daniel, Thacia and Joel discover many chances to hear Jesus speak. In the beginning it's difficult for them to comprehend what he or she teaches. Ultimately, Daniel, Leah, Joel and Thacia, comprehend and comprehend the kingdom of which Jesus spoke is religious, not physical. Jesus heals Leah physically and all them spiritually. Rosh didn't have the response, but Jesus did.
Elizabeth George Speare does a superb job of placing the reader to the setting and story. We see the way that Daniel and others advancement from hatred to revenge and ultimately to reconciliation.