ERIC Number: ED364494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Using Literature To Teach Middle Grades about War.
Kennemer, Phyllis K.
This document suggests ways of using children's literature to enrich the study of military history. The book is divided into six literature units that list and describe appropriate books, learning activities, and resources for teaching about specific wars. Studying historical periods through literature offers an invigorating, interesting way to become immersed in a past era and gain a substantial understanding of the people involved, their conditions, and their decisions. The thematic literature units provide a basis for meaningful learning experiences, encourage students to share the responsibility for their own learning, enhance the quality of individual student participation, and increase opportunities for using high level thinking processes. The book includes literature units on the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. The document is intended to provide teachers and school librarians with a basic framework for designing thematic units. The resources and units are recommended for use with students in grades six through eight, although the units could be adapted for higher or lower grade levels. Basic components of all the units are (1) a selected chronology, (2) recommended books including picture books, factual books, biographies, and fiction books, (3) sample lesson plans, (4) suggested questions, (5) suggested activities, and (6) glossaries. Guidelines for group discussions are included and discussed. (DK)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Curriculum Enrichment, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, History Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Learning Activities, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Social Studies, Supplementary Reading Materials, Teaching Methods, United States History, War
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: For a related document, see SO 023 676.