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Do you think that historical fiction is an effective way to teach and learn history?  

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I feel that historical fiction is a great supplemental resource when teaching history. I would have the students compare and contrast details from the fiction pieces with nonfiction resources and textbooks for the same time peiod.  The students were able to get a much more thorough perspective of the time period being studied.  I also had them compare the nonfiction pieces with each other and find common facts and discrepancies. I actually have used the movie Spirit with students in elemenatry school through AP US history students.  I had them watch the movie, then afterwards, they had to write an essay using the movie and at least three other resources explaining whether they felt the west was won or lost.

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Thanks, Clairewait, for pointing out the wonderful connection between social studies and literature.  As an English teacher, I get quite a few requests from our social studies teachers asking about passages, short stories, poems, etc.  that highlight or emphasize the real-life...

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For those of you who are world history teachers, what short stories have you used that fit with the study of different time periods or events?  For example, Alphonse Daudet's story "The Last Class" fits with the Franco-Prussian War and the fact that Alsace kept changing hands.