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USING REALISTIC FICTION AND BIOGRAPHIES

February 1, 2015
 
USING REALISTIC FICTION AND BIOGRAPHIES = ENJOYMENT!
By
Linda M. Penn
 
            Hope your children are enjoying those biographies!  This is the time of the year that teachers and parents are talking about lots of interesting historical people, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln.  Using biographies and fiction books that portray a certain historical time period are good sources to get a realistic “feel” what it was like to be a part of that time period.  In my opinion, however, the realistic fiction books are more interesting for youngsters and easier for them to relate to their own lives.
 
            HISTORICAL FICTION CAN:
 
1)    help children understand other people’s problems.
2)    provide opportunities for children to engage in role playing.
3)    develop an appreciation for their ancestors.
4)    give insight into why countries and governments developed as they did in the past and how they follow into today’s times.
5)    introduce the children to possible career choices.
6)    allow children to critique the positive and negative characteristics of historical people and their effect on history.
 
LOOK FORS:
 
1)    Are the historical facts presented in the story accurate?
2)    Do the characters represent the time period of the story?
3)    Is the subject matter appropriate for your child’s maturity?
 
SUGGESTION:
 
Books about the early pioneer time period are generally filled with lots of action and usually keep a child’s interest.
 
Books about inventors usually provide models of courage and persistence and kids like seeing a character succeed in trying circumstances.
 
NEXT MONTH – Come back March 1 for the next Blog:  CRAFTS AND READING
 
Have a great Valentine’s Day this month! Give a book to a loved one for Valentine’s Day!  Visit your local bookstore!
 
COPYRIGHT 2015 LINDA M. PENN ALL RIGHTS RESERVED          
 
 

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