ERIC Number: ED435586
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Learning History through Children's Literature. ERIC Digest.
Nelson, Lynn R.; Nelson, Trudy A.
Teaching history using children's literature, both fiction and non-fiction, is an old idea enjoying new vitality in the elementary and middle school curriculum. This digest discusses: (1) the revival of interest in teaching history through children's literature; (2) research-based guidelines for teachers of history and children's literature, and (3) an innovative method of teaching history using children's literature. Teachers can enhance children's historical understanding by using instructional strategies that place a particular event or time period within the context of a broader framework of time. The history fair, a seven-week unit created by a fifth-grade teacher to teach research skills, illustrates the connection between historical fiction and nonfiction and challenges students to demonstrate their learning in a public forum as they become experts on topics that interest them. (Contains 11 references.) (JH)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Educational Research, Elementary Education, History Instruction, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.