Date of Award

Spring 6-7-2017

Document Type

Honors Project

University Scholars Director

Dr. Jeff Keuss

First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Bill Woodward

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Richard Scheuerman

Keywords

narrative, historical narrative, teaching history, secondary social studies

Abstract

There is an effective way to teach high school history, put the content into narrative form. 'Narrative form' can be expressed in various ways: from historically-based literature to in-class creative-writes, from museum visits to book clubs, etc. Many educators across the United States recognize that incorporating 'narrative' into the classroom is conducive to greater student-learning than other methods of history instruction. These conclusions are supported by several recent studies from cognitive scientists who demonstrate that humans are predisposed to understand information in narrative form. Last, I provide evidence from my own teaching experience: analysis of previously taught lessons, along with commentary on general student response to narrative-style learning.

Comments

A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Scholars Program

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