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Creating narratives

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Vincent Youngbauer

on 8 February 2010

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Transcript of Creating narratives

Creating Narratives in History
Why are narratives important?
Telling stories creates communities—the leading political use of narrative.
Humans are “narrative creatures.”
Strong correlation between narrative and novels, film, even video games.
By learning to create narrative accounts of history, students break the encapsulation of schooling, and learn to critically analyze the narratives the are told daily in our culture.
Activities for producing historical narratives:
Graphic organizers
Period Newspapers
Front Page story
Editorial Column
Original Political Cartoon
Sports section
Real Estate section
Help Wanted
Classified
Movie Review
Fashion Page
Diaries
Letters
Writing Stories: novels, screenplays, graphic novels., etc
1. Creating the setting-a visual representation of topic
2. Creating characters
3. Context building-think deeply about people and place they have created.
4. Critical Incidents- faced by people of that time and place.
5. Concluding event-bring closure.
Timelines
We cannot expect children to become interested in the study of history when all we ask them to do is memorize facts from a textbook.
Diaries fascinate students because they are real and personal.
Letters are natural next step from diaries. They are conversational in style and express important events and emotions.
Timelines help put events into perspective. Students learn more from timelines if they construct the timelines themselves.
Graphic organizers show perspective and context.
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