When history teachers bring historical fiction novels into their classroom they give their students a distinctive opportunity to explore history through the eyes of those who lived it. Within historical fiction novels characters and drama interact with past events in ways that compels students to see the past at a psychological in addition to a cognitive level.
Once students become immersed in the novel’s setting, character, plot and theme, they become interested and stimulated by the novel’s story. They start to draw inferences while reading the novel, about geography, religious beliefs, social attitudes, modes of transportation, distribution of wealth, social classes, and laws. They start to absorb the historical details in the novel without even realizing they’re being instructed.
On the other hand, if these same historical facts were presented in a textbook and the teacher asked the students to memorize them, it is probable that little information will be retained by many students.
Events are more significant in historical fiction novels because students must comprehend them to be able to understand the plot of the novel อ่านนิยาย. Students wthhold the historical information because it’s been understood within the context of the plot, character, setting and theme of the novel. From this perspective, students start to see how a study of the past helps them better understand the present.
By providing *references, strategies and techniques to greatly help students sift through fact and the fiction, teachers and parents will help students become expert “nitpickers” on the author’s use of historical data and spur stimulating class discussions in the process.
[*Reference sources for checking the accuracy of historical data include encyclopedias, almanacs, biographical dictionaries, dictionaries of history, serious local and national histories, and numerous other readily available sources. Students may check school and town libraries in addition to local historical societies and the state library. Primary source materials are often available locally in church records, deeds, wills, probate records in town halls, local cemeteries, local tax lists, federal census, town meeting records, old maps, letters and diaries, sermons, industrial records, local newspapers and elders who have resided in a community for a lengthy time.