Teaching History with Literature

Learn how to use fiction to make history come alive for kids and help them remember their lessons even better

If you ask me what historical periods I am most acquainted with, it would be a toss-up between Victorian England and the Dark Ages.  I know things about these time periods that on a daily basis look like just worthless trivia, but they enrich my life and my perceptions in more ways than I can list.

Why do I know so much about those eras?  Well, I’ve mentioned before that Charles Dickens is my all-time favorite author.  (So, yeah, I’m even up on the French Revolution.) And my dirty little secret is that I seriously own more than 100 books about the Arthurian legends.

Seriously.  Yes, I have read them all.
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5 Ways to Make Reading Even More Fun

Want to to create lifelong readers and learners of your kids? Check out these 5 simple ways to make reading fun and teach them to enjoy reading!  These tips can be used for picture books or chapter books.

I know, sounds impossible, right?

Reading is already So Much Fun, how could we make it funner?!

Well, not everyone agrees with that.  In fact, my beautiful husband would disagree entirely.  So might some of your littles.  So how do we engage them, make them want to follow through on those 24, 240, or 863 pages of Awesome Fiction?  Well, I have some ideas.

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Story Time: The Grumpy Easter Bunny

This Story Time picture book unit study has Easter Bunny activities that include language and science lessons, a fun Strawberry-Filled Easter Egg Cookie recipe,, and a paper Easter basket craft

Even Easter Bunnies have bad days!  The Grumpy Easter Bunny,  a sweet story about a grumpy bunny who wants to keep all his Easter treats to himself, is great for having some Easter fun while teaching your littles not to be greedy.

It also offers lots of opportunities for educational fun.  Not making it up, some of the most awesome Easter activites we’ve ever done were inspired by Justine Korman’s adorable picture book.

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The Giver Activities for Learning

The Giver Activities include over 100 ideas for close reading and lessons for the award-winning Lois Lowry Dystopian novel. Grab a free printable, too!

The Giver is the perfect book with which to introduce your kids to Dystopia and begin to have conversations about what can happen when government gets too involved in daily life.

Jonas’s world seems perfect–perfectly matched couple raise 2 perfect kids who grow up to work at perfect job assignments.  The elderly live in group homes until the day of their ‘release.’  Babies are released if they aren’t developing correctly.  There is no pain.  Adolescent sexual impulses are quashed by drugs.

So there’s basically nothing to worry about.  But when Jonas is assigned the job of Receiver, he has to learn about society’s collective memories, including the flawed world that existed before.  As he learns more about the hypocrisy on which his society is based, he will have to choose whether to accept the status quo or fight the system.


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