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Using historical fiction to teach history

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Becoming Billy Dare encompasses an important and sometimes neglected era in Australian history. The decade preceding Federation was instrumental in establishing Australia's identity as a nation. Henry Lawson was in the prime of his working life, William Lane and other unionists were dreaming of a worker's utopia, and Australian popular culture was developing its own proud, distinctive flavour.


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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, May 26, 2013 10:46 PM

The History Teacher's Association of Australia recommends both Becoming Billy Dare & Bridie's Fire for Year 6. To check out their resources go to:

http://achistoryunits.edu.au/year-6/unit-program/y6-overview-v2.html

Catherine Smyth's curator insight, October 8, 2013 2:49 AM

Many primary teachers use a range of both fiction and non-fiction texts in their teaching. Use these 6  research-based guidelines (Barton & Levstik, 2005) for selecting historical fiction:

 

1. Does the book tell a good story? A book must be good literature and good history.

2. Is the story accurate and authentic in its historical detail? Children's fiction deserves the same attention to historical accuracy as nonfiction.

3. Is the language authentic to the times? Completely authentic language is rarely possible in children's historical fiction. Look for the flavour of the times.

4. Is the historical interpretation sound? Avoid romanticised historical fiction.

5. Whose voices are missing? Consider who the participants in an event might have been, and select literature to represent those perspectives.

6. Does the book provide insight and understanding into current issues as well as those in the past? Well-written narratives have relevance for the present.

Catherine Smyth's curator insight, October 8, 2013 2:51 AM

Many primary teachers use a range of both fiction and non-fiction texts in their teaching. Use these 6  research-based guidelines (Barton & Levstik, 2005) for selecting historical fiction:

 

1. Does the book tell a good story? A book must be good literature and good history.

2. Is the story accurate and authentic in its historical detail? Children's fiction deserves the same attention to historical accuracy as nonfiction.

3. Is the language authentic to the times? Completely authentic language is rarely possible in children's historical fiction. Look for the flavour of the times.

4. Is the historical interpretation sound? Avoid romanticised historical fiction.

5. Whose voices are missing? Consider who the participants in an event might have been, and select literature to represent those perspectives.

6. Does the book provide insight and understanding into current issues as well as those in the past? Well-written narratives have relevance for the present.

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Games - ABC Splash

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some fun and informative history games for students and teachers to enjoy.

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Create Newspapers for history

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A great way to combine literacy and history.

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Catherine Smyth's curator insight, November 13, 2014 8:02 PM

Creating a classroom newspaper around a social or environmental issue or a history topic is an authentic way to address both literacy and curriculum outcomes in HSIE K-6. This website has a range of free downloadable templates of newspapers. Classroom newspapers can be paper-based or published online.


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http://www.readingonline.org/articles/art_index.asp?HREF=lund/index.html

Abstract: This article describes a project in which the reality of newspaper production was integrated into the language arts curriculum in a second-grade classroom. The class newspaper was produced in both hard copy and multimedia versions, using The Student Writing Center software and HyperStudio on a single classroom computer. The difficulties and successes of the project are described.


http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/creating-classroom-newspaper-249.html



Catherine Smyth's curator insight, November 13, 2014 8:13 PM

Creating a classroom newspaper around a history topic is an authentic way to address both literacy and history outcomes.

Students can explore what life was like in a particular time and place, bringing together different aspects of life in newspaper stories and pictures. Pose questions about events, people, places, beliefs and attitudes during a particular period. Students gather evidence (primary or secondary sources) that answer their questions of inquiry. Using evidence students construct a historical narrative, report or explanation. Publish a classroom newspaper using student contributions.


This website has a range of free downloadable templates of newspapers. Classroom newspapers can be paper-based or published online.


For further research and teaching ideas go to to:


http://www.readingonline.org/articles/art_index.asp?HREF=lund/index.html

Abstract: This article describes a project in which the reality of newspaper production was integrated into the language arts curriculum in a second-grade classroom. The class newspaper was produced in both hard copy and multimedia versions, using The Student Writing Center software and HyperStudio on a single classroom computer. The difficulties and successes of the project are described.


http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/creating-classroom-newspaper-249.html



Molly Rose's curator insight, June 17, 2015 12:10 AM

They're realistic and the best part, they are FREE! A great resource to use when writing news articles in the primary classroom.

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Teachers TV: Primary History - Enquiry Skills - Resources - TES

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Three ‘Great Lesson Ideas’ for developing primary children’s historical enquiry skills.
Year 5s play a board game which encourages them to ask searching questions about objects from the past.
In ’Shades of Grey’, pupils look at the varied contributions historical figures made to society at the time, allowing children to understand that perspectives of characters can change.
In ‘Luckiest Historian’, the teacher uses cards to represent historical primary and secondary sources and asks pupils to order them in terms of reliability and richness as a historical source.
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Three great ideas to use in your museum with visiting school students or in your history classroom.  

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Education Creations's curator insight, October 19, 2014 6:04 PM

Three great ideas to use in your museum with visiting school students.

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Welcome to Schools Learning Zone | Schools Learning Zone

Welcome to Schools Learning Zone | Schools Learning Zone | History Matters | Scoop.it
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An excellent site full of great classroom activities which focus on England's history.

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Investigate Some Medieval Deaths

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SHP – Raising Standards in History Teaching
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A fantastic activity to generate interest in Medieval Europe.

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KHistorians_Circle.jpg (4320×3240)

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This is a great idea to use when teaching young children how to use primary sources, in this case photographs.  The teacher has printed off the photographs and placed them in a plastic sleeve.  She then posed a series of questions and asked the children to circle evidence in the photograph which would support their answers.  For example:  Where was this photograph taken?  Circle what you can see in the photograph which makes you think this.

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http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/files/2013/03/KHistorians_Circle.jpg

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Education Creations's curator insight, July 28, 2014 9:57 PM

A great way to use primary sources in your museum.  Place photographs in a plastic sleeve, ask children a question and get them to circle evidence in the photograph which supports their answer.  For example:  Q Where do you think this photograph was taken?  Q  Circle what you can see in the photograph that makes you think this.

Follow this link to read the article:

http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/files/2013/03/KHistorians_Circle.jpg

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Eureka Stockade by Alan Boardman – A Unit of Work and Lessons For Yr 5 - Australian Curriculum Lessons

Eureka Stockade by Alan Boardman – A Unit of Work and Lessons For Yr 5 - Australian Curriculum Lessons | History Matters | Scoop.it
Summary of lesson plan / unit of work: This unit of work based around the Year 5 National Curriculum ‘Historical Knowledge &
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Australian Curriculum Lessons is a site where teachers upload their lessons plans to share with other teachers.  A useful site for busy teachers.

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Podcast Timeline - The Historical Association

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A great interactive timeline to use in the classroom.

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Primary sources and digital storytelling connect students to history

Primary sources and digital storytelling connect students to history | History Matters | Scoop.it

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This site is a good example of how to use a digital story telling tool in your history classroom.  

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Catherine Smyth's curator insight, February 19, 2014 5:19 PM

A classroom teacher talks about how the process of digital storytelling helped immerse her students in the past as they learnt about colonial times.

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Interactive Graphic Organizer

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Graphic organisers can be a teachers best friend.  This site enables you to download some and comes complete with teacher notes to guide those new to using them.  Provided mainly to support the teaching of reading many of them can easily be modified for use in the history classroom.

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Online History Timelines

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Online timelines are a way for students to see a series of events and could be used to develop different historical concepts. This site has links to online tools from which you can create timelines.

 

If you are interested in research that has investigated how children develop a sense of time, refer to the work of Barton & Levstick, Peter Lee or Hilary Cooper.


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How Theater Can Offer Students New Perspectives On History

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Theater is providing an opportunity for students to express parts of history textbooks overlook.
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Everybody loves a good story and students are no different.  This article supports this truth by explaining how theatre can tell often untold stories from history in an exciting and interactive format that engages students and educates them in a way history textbooks simply can't.  
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How Storytelling Can Enhance Any Learning Experience - InformED

How Storytelling Can Enhance Any Learning Experience - InformED | History Matters | Scoop.it
Hemingway once wrote a six-word novel that reads as follows: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." What makes it famous, other than the author? Neuroscient
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Read this to learn why storytelling should form part of your history programme.

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Education Creations's curator insight, January 7, 9:59 PM

This article reveals why stories should form part of your education history programme.  

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Analyzing Primary Sources: Sensory Exploration

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The sensory exploration graphic organizer is a great way to introduce students, especially younger ones, to primary source analysis. It also helps with vocabulary development. Encourage students to write to fill in each column for each sense. After, you may have students create a poem of their choice using the words they brainstormed; they may choose …

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A useful tool to use when exploring primary sources with younger students.

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Catherine Smyth's curator insight, November 3, 2014 5:32 PM

This downloadable graphic organiser uses sensory exploration as a way for children to make sense of primary sources.

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History Skills - History Handbook Online

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Succeed as a History student at high school or college. Source analysis and evaluation skills explanations, example answers and a step-by-step research essay guide.
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As it reads,  The Ultimate History Resource.  Useful for students, teachers and anyone interested in 'doing history'.

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History's HEROES

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Forget Katy Perry, visit this web-site to learn about some  real heroes and role models.

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Black Death comes to Allton

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Using Active Learning, kinaesthetic techniques, to help raise standards in history teaching
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This web-site is jam packed with fun and engaging activities which will introduce your students to different periods of history.  A really good site, well worth a look.  The best thing is, everything is already done for you.

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TimeMaps

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Map of Britain in 1215 AD, showing the British Isles at the time of Magna Carta, with England, Wales and Ireland completely or partly conquered by the Normans, and with Scotland coming under the control of Norman barons.
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A great interactive map to  which can be used to introduce your students to who ruled what and political boundaries (albeit loose) at different periods in time.

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Treasures : Theme : Culture

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This is a National Library of Australia site which lists some of Australia's treasures held in our nation's libraries.  Use them to investigate Australia's heritage.  Discuss what they tell us about the past and why they are important?

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2000 historical maps you can find online

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Okay. It's more than 2000. It's way more than 2000. I'm just not sure how many it is and 2000 seemed like a safe, round number. You can find the more than 2000 historical maps using two very cool m...


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Past/Present online interactive game

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A game designed to develop historical literacy.  Specifically created for American students it still is a lot of fun.  

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Catherine Smyth's curator insight, November 21, 2013 7:29 PM

The purpose of this interactive online game is to develop historical literacy. Desgined for middle school students, it shows what life was like in America in the early 1900s.

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VoiceThread - About - Digital Library

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The 5th Grade teacher on this website uses 'Voicethread' with historical photographs. Click on the video "Ellis Island" to see how primary students build a historical narrative around a visual image. Voice thread transforms media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting.

 

Don't underestimate the importance of historical language in developing historical understanding. Provide opportunities for students to expand their historical vocaulary and to use language for a variety of purposes.

Young students need explicit instructions for when and how to use conventions of language.

 

Husbands (1996) identifies different types of historical language including:

1. The language of the past (e.g. convict, First Fleet, monarchy, revolution)

2. The language of historical time (century, period, modern, decade)

3. The language of historical processes (cause, chronology, similarity, difference)

4. The language of historical description and analysis (revolution, monarchy, democracy)

 

Use 'Word Walls' or word charts to help students keep track of information and terminology that is used in a Unit of Work and keep adding new words.

 

 


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Use Voicethread and historical photographs to create digital historical narratives.  Much more engaging than the written version.

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A Literacy Lens on Historical Inquiry: HTAA - Primary Bulletin

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This article outlines the literacy demands when undertaking historical inquiry....Shared with Dropbox

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HISTORICAL THINKING CONCEPTS | Historical Thinking Project

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Catherine Smyth's curator insight, March 31, 2014 6:34 PM

This Canadian project provides useful ideas for developing historical literacy and historical understanding. Similar concepts such as evidence, significance and historical perspectives are embedded in the Australian Curriculum:History. These historical concepts are articulated in the Shape Paper :history

http://www.acara.edu.au/verve/_resources/Australian_Curriculum_-_History.pdf

Maree Whiteley's curator insight, March 31, 2014 8:57 PM

Aligned to AC History key concepts: Continuity and Change; Cause and Effect; Significance; Evidence; Perspectives; Empathy and Contestabilitiy

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Aligned with Australian Curriculum Concepts- Continuity and change, Cause and effect, Perspectives, Empathy and Significance.