Some interesting thoughts here on how we can help teens understand that history is relevant to them through our story-telling.
When I was young, I would probably have told you I don’t like reading non-fiction. I also would have told you I thought history was boring…and then rushed home and devoured my copy Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry or Across Five Aprils. There was such a disconnect in my mind about what history was and could be, and about the fact that the second syllable in “history” is “story.” Somewhere in the midst of all the classroom lessons, tests, and textbooks, my young mind settled on and internalized a faulty truth: that history was not relevant to me.
With that as a backdrop, it took me a while to find my way toward loving history, in any form—fiction or non. I majored in history in college, largely because those were the classes I liked best, because the professors were exceptional storytellers. They made the history they taught come…
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