The Story of Ourselves: Teaching History Through Children's Literature

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Students across the country have tagged history as their number one most-disliked subject in school. In The Story of Ourselves, the contributors focus on the need for a stimulating history curriculum with the application of children's trade book literature as an indispensable ingredient for such a curriculum. The book is a collection of writings by trade book authors and public school and college-level educators, designed to offer support and instruction for teachers who decide to use children's literature in their history/social studies programs. Included here are such well-known authors as Russell Freedman, Pam Conrad, Milton Meltzer, Joan Blos, and Leonard Everett Fisher.

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“A rich collection of essays by both educators and the authors of children's and young adult books...”–The New Advocate
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780435087258
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 12/7/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Why Teach History to the Young? 1
Pt. I The Creative Process 9
2 Perspectives on Historical Fiction 11
3 Historical Nonfiction for Young Readers: An Artist's Perspective 19
4 Voices from the Past 27
5 Finding Ourselves in History 33
6 Bring 'Em Back Alive 41
Pt. II Research and Other Considerations 49
7 The Content and Writing of History in Textbooks and Trade Books 51
8 "I Wanted to Be There": The Impact of Narrative on Children's Historical Thinking 65
9 Unmasking the Fiction of History: Children's Historical Literature Begins to Come of Age 79
Pt. III Practical Applications 91
10 A Look at Other Trade Book Topics and Genres 93
11 Approaches for Using Children's Literature to Teach Social Studies 105
12 Teaching the Holocaust Through Trade Books 115
13 Breathing Life into the Past: The Creation of History Units Using Trade Books 137
14 American Historical Literature for Young Readers: An Annotated Bibliography 147
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