ERIC Number: ED398110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
H Is for History: Using Children's Literature To Develop Historical Understandings.
Singleton, Laurel R.
This book is based on the belief that children's literature and history should be linked in elementary classrooms. The resource book has three major sections. The first section provides a brief overview of eight historical understandings that can be developed using children's literature. These understandings, adapted from a list of "history's habits of the mind" in the Bradley Commission's report, represents "big ideas" that can help students think meaningfully about historical facts. The overview of each "big idea" in the first section of the book is accompanied by suggestions for using works of children's literature to develop understanding of that idea. The book's second major section provides guides for using specific works of children's literature to teach historic understandings. These guides are based on a format developed by Susan Helper (1988). Each guide includes a summary of the book, initiating activities, discussion questions intended to stimulate critical thinking, and follow-up activities. The books included represent a variety of genres and are suitable for a range of grade levels. The guides also are cross-referenced to the historical understandings in the previous section of the book. The final section of the book presents directions for three thematic history units based on the children's literature. The first unit looks at the quilt as a common metaphor in children's literature, examining important aspects of U.S. history represented by the quilt. In the second unit, students explore multiple perspectives on a single event--the Civil War's first Battle of Bull Run--and consider how historians combine these perspectives into a single narrative. In the third unit, students read oral histories from young people involved in the civil rights movement and collect and analyze oral histories of their own. An index of the books mentioned in the text concludes the book. Throughout the book, there are examples provided for all grade levels, K-6. (EH)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, Geography, History, History Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Local History, Oral History, Oral Tradition, Social Studies, Story Reading, Story Telling, United States History, Whole Language Approach, World History
Social Science Education Consortium, P.O. Box 21270, Boulder, CO 80308-4270.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.