Sunday, February 24, 2008

Children's Literature Briefly: Chapter 12

This chapter was exciting for me to read because I think it has a good lesson for teachers. Teaching history is utterly boring without historical fiction novels and/or picture books. This is true for children and adults alike. I am currently taking a Texas History course and the text book is hard to read sometimes because it is just a list of events in chronological order. We do however have supplemental readings assigned to us by our professor. These readings are historical fiction novels that have helped me to connect with this history course. The events that are listed in our textbook take on so much more meaning and importance to me after reading novels about them. I think it is so important for teachers to breathe life into history by having a significant supply of historical fiction references in their classroom library.

1 comment:

Staci Mullins said...

How cool that you could connect the chapter to your current experiences. It says a lot to me that even adults get bored with history text books. It doesn't seem right to make kids struggle through insufferably boring text when we, as mature adults, don't even like it.