Through Flood and Fire {Living Book Review}

Title: Through Flood and Fire {Book Review} Author: Anne Patton Publisher: Coteau Books Age Range: Children (9+) Time Period: 1903 Location: Saskatchewan Dorothy is in a campsite on the edge of a little village called Saskatoon. The year is 1903 and the 10-year-old girl and her family have come all the way from England to Canada. They are heading to […]

Teaching with Historical Fiction

Part Five: Teaching With Historical Fiction

Part Five:Historical fiction promotes diverse perspectives. History is complex and it’s not that the truth is elusive; it is that it is interpretive. Characters in a historical fiction book obviously have different points of view and will deal in unique ways with the challenges they face. In living their lives, they interpret history for the […]

Teaching with Historical Fiction

Part One: Teaching With Historical Fiction

Today’s Guest Post is from author Roderick Benns. This is the first of a five-part series on the how’s and why’s of teaching with historical fiction.   Part One: Historical Fiction will grab a student’s curiosity more quickly than a text book. Educators who choose historical fiction novels to begin a lesson have an advantage compared […]

Teaching with Historical Fiction

Part Two: Teaching with Historical Fiction

Part Two: Teaching with historical fiction creates more equity. In a group learning dynamic (whether in a classroom or in a smaller home school group) students have varying degrees of prior knowledge from which to draw from. In defining ‘prior knowledge’ we now know that students learn more effectively when they already know at least some […]

Teaching with Historical Fiction

Part Four: Teaching With Historical Fiction

Part Four: Historical fiction recreates history and illustrates complex problems. Everyone loves a good movie. Movies that are anchored at a specific point in time often particularly captivate us. Victorian England, turn-of-the-century pioneer settlements, North Africa, the harsh Arctic or Australian outback…all of the places humankind has lived and conquered have been showcased in movies […]

Teaching with Historical Fiction

Part Three: Teaching With Historical Fiction

Part Three: Historical fiction provides a detailed and enriched understanding of a time period. Sometimes it’s difficult for students to convert a few quick descriptions from a social studies text book and translate it into something meaningful for them. Historical fiction provides a detailed and enriched understanding of a time period. Not everyone can open up […]

Readings in Canadian History

Learning history through living books that bring history to life through the eyes of a character who is part of the experience, really helps kids to see what that time frame of history was like, instead of just reading about it in a text book. Although it’s perfectly possible to work through a list of […]

A Matter of Conscience {Living Book Review}

Title: A Matter of Conscience Author: Mary Hosmar Publisher: Word Alive Press Age Range: Children (9+) Time Period: 1837 Location: Upper Canada “Fifteen-year-old Jamie MacPhearson is confused. Everyone seems to want change but can’t agree as to how that change should come about. William Lyon Mackenzie is calling the people of Upper Canada to arm themselves and break free of the […]

Crazy for Gold

Welcome to this month’s edition of Poppins’ Book Nook – a free monthly book club that offers you the opportunity to join in by reading a book and doing a related activity that fits into the theme of that month and an opportunity to link up your blog posts. It’s open to anyone – in any age […]