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From: Laura (
Subject:         this might help
Date: August 14, 2009 at 8:36 am PST

In Reply to: sophomore hates history...need to buy books posted by missi on August 12, 2009 at 5:51 pm:

try highlighting specific periods, events or issues in history with biographies or (reliably researched) historical novels that connect with those parts of the curriculum. For studying the time period around WWI, two GREAT books are The Guns of August, by Barbara Tuchman, and Nicholas and Alexandra (forgot the author), about the last days of the last Tsar of Russia. for the medieval period, try Thomas Costain's novels about the Plantagent kings, or Barbara Tuchman's In a Distant Mirror. If you're studying the Colonial period if American history, the letters of John and Abigail Adams give a very human face to what has become very overworked material. These are not textbooks, but they novels written by gifted historians who have the ability to take sound historical research and bring to life what was going on with the real people who made history happen.

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