HOW DO WE MAKE HISTORY POSITIVE AND INSPIRING AND, AT THE SAME TIME, TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT PEOPLE AND EVENTS?
"I read A History of US around when I was in 2nd grade and it lit a fire in me. I'm 24 now, and have never stopped learning about history. I studied it extensively at UC Berkeley, and still do in my free time. I work in artificial intelligence research, and it's shaped how I see the world and do my work. It's made life more pleasant, and I never feel alone since I know there are countless souls who have been in my shoes once."
Thank you, Alok
Missives like this make me smile. Alok read the books when he was in 2nd grade! Clearly a bright kid. Mostly the books are found in 5th and 8th grades, because that's when we teach US history. But a college professor suggests that his incoming freshmen read the whole series during their summer break. And an advanced placement teacher uses them in her high school classes.
None of that is surprising to me. I was trained as a newspaper reporter. What age are newspapers written for?
Joy Hakim's books use an ancient teaching method: STORYTELLING. Today it is known as narrative nonfiction.
How do the books work in classrooms? Here's a link to a VOICE OF AMERICA story sent worldwide:
A History of US, a 10-book series, is published by Oxford University Press. The Story of Science, in three volumes, is published by Smithsonian Books. Coordianted teaching materials are available for both series.
Freedom: A History of US was written to accompany a 16-part PBS television series available on DVDs from PBS. The book works especially well in high school or freshman college history classes. Go to PBS.org/historyofus. The book is available from Social Studies School Services.
Joy is currently working on three books on life science. Imagine, life has a code embedded in each of its cells. We have learned how to read that life code. How did we do that? Ah, that's a story--actually it is a collection of stories.
Two recent works are: Reading Science Stories (an ebook) and "Free To Believe (Or Not.)" which tells the story of religious freedom in America, our original contribution to political freedom.
THE STORY OF SCIENCE is available in an illustrated hardcover edition, as an illustrted ebook, and in Korean and Chinese editions.
Can children understand relativity and quantum theory? NSTA president Juliana Texley tackles those sciences in an amazing NSTA teaching resource to accompany "Einstein Adds A New Dimension." it is foumd on the NSTA website.
When I told one little boy that I remembered Martin Luther King, Jr he gasped,
thought a moment, and asked me if I remembered George Washington.
Of course I do. There I am writing in colonial days.