The reason why Historic Fiction Novels Work

When history teachers bring historical fiction novels within their classroom they give their students a unique possibility to explore history through the eyes of those that lived it. Within historical fiction novels characters and drama talk with past events in ways that compels students to see days gone by at a psychological as well as a cognitive level.

Once students become immersed in the novel’s setting, character, plot and theme, they become interested and stimulated by the novel’s story. They begin to draw inferences while reading the novel, about geography, religious beliefs, social attitudes, modes of transportation, distribution of wealth, social classes, and laws. They begin to absorb the historical details in the novel without even realizing they are being instructed.

In contrast, if these same historical facts were presented in a textbook and the teacher asked the students to memorize them, it is likely that little information could be retained by many students.

Events are more significant in historical fiction novels because students must comprehend them in order to understand the plot of the novel อ่านนิยาย. Students wthhold the historical information because it’s been understood within the context of the plot, character, setting and theme of the novel. From this perspective, students commence to see how a study of days gone by helps them better understand the present.

By giving *references, strategies and techniques to help students sift through fact and the fiction, teachers and parents will help students become expert “nitpickers” on the author’s usage of historical data and spur stimulating class discussions in the process.

[*Reference sources for checking the accuracy of historical data include encyclopedias, almanacs, biographical dictionaries, dictionaries of history, serious local and national histories, and numerous other readily available sources. Students may check school and town libraries as well as local historical societies and the state library. Primary source materials tend to be available locally in church records, deeds, wills, probate records in town halls, local cemeteries, local tax lists, federal census, town meeting records, old maps, letters and diaries, sermons, industrial records, local newspapers and elders who’ve resided in a residential district for a long time.

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