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The study of history focuses not only on people, places, and events, but on the development of specific skills that help individuals understand history. The ability to analyze different types of information, to recognize patterns, continuities, and changes throughout history, to synthesize information, and draw parallels between the past and the present are essential. Also essential is the ability to identify with historical actors and to empathize with those who struggled, suffered, and sacrificed throughout history. Only then does history move beyond a dry, distant subject with which it is difficult to feel any connection. Historical fiction assists students in the development of historical thinking skills as well as promotes the emotional learning that often needs to take place in order for history to be meaningful to them. As this is the first year my school is offering a concurrent-enrollment U.S. History course, my resources are limited to the textbook and primary sources I have accumulated for other courses over the years. By implementing historical fiction, I will be able to enrich students' learning and expose them to new information while providing them an opportunity to dig deeper into specific topics in history. At the same time, this will allow me to step back a bit to let the students take a more active role in their own learning by leading book club-like discussion groups about the reading.

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The study of history focuses not only on people, places, and events, but on the development of specific skills that help individuals understand history. The ability to analyze different types of information, to recognize patterns, continuities, and changes throughout history, to synthesize information, and draw parallels between the past and the present are essential. Also essential is the ability to identify with historical actors and to empathize with those who struggled, suffered, and sacrificed throughout history. Only then does history move beyond a dry, distant subject with which it is difficult to feel any connection. Historical fiction assists students in the development of historical thinking skills as well as promotes the emotional learning that often needs to take place in order for history to be meaningful to them. As this is the first year my school is offering a concurrent-enrollment U.S. History course, my resources are limited to the textbook and primary sources I have accumulated for other courses over the years. By implementing historical fiction, I will be able to enrich students' learning and expose them to new information while providing them an opportunity to dig deeper into specific topics in history. At the same time, this will allow me to step back a bit to let the students take a more active role in their own learning by leading book club-like discussion groups about the reading.

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