ERIC Number: ED333338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Time Travel Is Possible: Historical Fiction and Biography, Passport to the Past.
Johnson, Nancy; Ebert, Jane
Students must learn more than facts if history is to become meaningful for them. They do not relate to names of battles, dates of treaties, or to statistics any more than adults do. They relate to individuals, emotions, and stories that have the ability to arouse their curiosity. The use of historical fiction and biography has the potential of helping students experience the past, and feel the joy and despair of those who have lived before. Teaching history in this manner requires a lot of time and energy from the teacher to create the atmosphere. If the unit is to be successful, the teacher must study the event and time period. The teacher will also need to be clear about the objectives of the unit and how those objectives will be met. Detailed units on the American Revolution and on Pioneers serve as examples of using historical fiction and biography. Included in these units are extensive lists of suggested children's books. (A list of teacher resources for both units and a 24-item bibliography are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Historical Fiction; Literature Based Reading Programs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (36th, Las Vegas, NV, May 6-10, 1991).