History, Every Day & Up Close

History-with-a-capital-H can be difficult for some kids to grasp. ("Boring!"; "What does this have to do with me?"; etc.) One way to make history real (and relevant) is to prepare students with interesting background knowledge about the nitty-gritty, daily details of everyday lives of real people in history.

And one of the best ways to do this, which will enrich students' reading experience of history and historical novels, is to use two databases offered through the Tulsa City-County Library web site: Daily Life Through History and The African American Experience. Both feature short articles, timelines, maps, photos, and more to make history come alive for young readers.

Take a look and see how you can use these great resources! (Go to www.tulsalibrary.org - "Research and Learn" - "Alphabetical List of Resources" - "African American Experience" or "Daily Life Through History". You will have to enter a current and valid library card number to access.)

If you want examples of how to use the databases in your classroom, see this collection of detailed lesson plans about how to use The African American Experience database as it relates to Laure Halse Anderson's middle-grade novel Chain. Laure Halse Anderson is the winner of the 2017 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature. This year, she will be at the Hardesty Regional Library to receive the award in a public presentation on Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m.

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