Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? History engages me like no other subject. History is unrivaled
A New Historicist’ aim, when reading a fictional text is to use the author’s interpretation of that time period and related experiences as a guideline to understanding the true historical context of that time. Compared to
O convey Mcneill asks the question Why Study History? The answer, he finds, is the same reasons we love books so much.We look to our past to see how we will accomplish things in the future just as we look to novels to find valuable life lessons that we will enjoy. Mcneill shares the idea of Collective memory, how it is the “best available guide” for our future. History, as much as stories, change us. “Since that is the way the world is, it follows that study of history is essential for every young person.” He explains that we need to use history as a tool to learn how to thrive in the future. History is just a big true story spread out over millions of years. We need to research and learn about stories just as much as history because stories share a history of their
Nonfiction is easier to believe than fiction. It is likely that we find interest in what we read when the book is nonfiction rather than a fiction book. However, fiction helps you think more while processing the text you are trying to comprehend. Thoughts like, “what if this happened to me,” “How would I react,” tend to come up. I have learned more about East LA and how gang violence was, and is still a major issue. Literature influences change. If Luis didn’t encounter writing, or poetry he may still be involved in
Book Review- One Crazy Summer The genre historical fiction focuses young readers to inform them about historical and significant cultural events in history, but to do in a way that is comfortable for readers in this age group. One Crazy Summer is a good example of young adult literature of highlighting cultural/historical events and entertaining to its audience. Two characteristics that make this a great novel for middle school readers is that 1- It encourages further inquiry( historical) and 2-The situations and characters are relatable (Y/A novel).
“For when textbook authors leave out the warts, the problems, the unfortunate character traits, and the mistaken ideas, they reduce heroes from dramatic men and women to melodramatic stick figures. Their inner struggles disappear and they become goody- goody, not just merely good.” (Loewen, pg. 29). “Lies My Teacher Told Me” is a non- fiction book written by author, American sociologist, and historian, James W. Loewen. The popular belief is that schools buy the textbook that best fits the curriculum, and by following these textbooks, students are learning to the best of their ability. However, Loewen challenges this belief by providing evidence from eighteen different American history textbooks. He believes that people in history should not be depicted as heroes when they simply are not. To continue, Loewen states that students find history to be so boring since they can not relate to it or the people in it. On page 354, he even concludes his book by stating, “Students will start finding history interesting when their teachers and textbook stop lying to them.”
Capote wrote what he considered to be the first nonfiction novel. Simply defined a nonfiction novel is one in which an event is reported using traditional literary and rhetorical conventions to expose broader truths
However, others may believe that using historical fiction is a great way of teaching students. They assume that it can encourage and even motivate students to learn, but it can be misleading, and possibly dangerous. Those in favor of teaching through historical fiction may think that it can take a boring subject and make it more exciting. This may be true, but it discourages the understanding of what actually
The Great Neck South High School English Department should require all incoming eleventh-grade Advanced Placement English students to read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. In this memoir, Walls describes her untraditional upbringing. As the most mature of four children, she forces herself to run her family’s spending as well
This will help my writing by encouraging me to incorporate facts where they seamlessly fit in the text, as opposed to placing historical elements in careless, literary locations that create a lackluster reading experience. By continuing to read texts from the historical fiction genre, an aspiring (as well as current) writer can monitor the various ways historical research affects a piece, whether it be in a positive or negative
As an example from “The Drummer Boy” of Shiloh by Ray Bradbury, “In the April night, more than once, blossoms fell from the orchard trees and lit with rustling tops on the drumskin. At Midnight a peach stone left miraculously on a branch through winter flickered by a bird, fell swift and unseen. Struck once like panic, which jerked the boy upright” (Bradbury 318). Already stated from the text is how the literature information is not accurate. Nothing from this is facts from the Civil war. Throughout the text it tells a story from that time and what it could be like, the actual story does not have the basic facts as would a informational text would. On the other hand, from an informational text, “Battle of Shiloh”, “The Battle of Shiloh began at sunrise on April 6, 1862 -- the Sabbath -- as 44,000 Confederate soldiers swooped down on an unsuspecting Union Army encampment near Pittsburgh Landing, a nondescript hog-and-cotton steamboat dock on the Tennessee River.” This is a clear fact with numbers involved. So this tells the reader what was going on and does not have any made up people to fill in the story. It is just simply what had happened. So all in all when comparing two texts one from literature and and informational text they differ in how the reader can learn about the
Task 1 1. Drug use, School education, Obesity, Homelessness, Global warming. An information text is a piece of non-fiction writing which gives information about a particular thing.
There are many ways in which an individual can study history, but for most reading a textbook describing events and dates does not give them a clear picture of what life was like for the people of the time. Although, textbook reading can allow an individual to know a lot of facts about historical events, which can be helpful, it lacks the ability to touch the readers emotions and allow them to relate to the people of the time. However, these emotions and comparisons can be elicited through the reading of fictional and nonfictional primary sources. Also, modern textbooks give biased historical accounts based on modern principles, which can change what certain historical events truly meant. Reading primary works of both fiction and nonfiction can help people better understand the past through many avenues.
A fictional novel can serve as a useful source for historical information if it the right one. It just depends on the novel and the author who has written it. Also, it makes a difference if the author actually had experience with what they have written about. All Quit on the Western Front, for example, can be used to show the troubles of War World I. The author Erich Maria Remarque himself had been in the war. Nevertheless, there is one negative thing about using nonfiction. For example, a person would still have to do research. A nonfictional novel could be used for historial information depending on the author and their experiences, and if the author has used factual information; however, extra research is still needed.
Intertwined within the novel is the presence of many different genres including letters, articles and magazine clippings, and pictures. At first sight there is the