Literature Is The Lie Through Which We Tell The Truth Essay

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The Civil War: Introduction to Slavery in Literature Albert Camus, a Nobel Prize winner in Literature, once said, “Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.” This quote accurately demonstrates what I wish to reveal about novels and how incorporating them into all aspects of learning can better enhance student learning. A good realistic fiction novel has the ability to pull some readers in more than a lesson ever could. However, literature does much more than just drawing the reader in. According to Emily Klein, the Assistant Professor of Curriculum at Montclair University, “Literature is also a powerful tool for integrating and highlighting voices from the past—especially those of children, minorities, women, and the poor—that may not be those generally heard or read by students in their historical studies” (Klein). For example, a history textbook is never going to mention or elaborate on the emotions that specific people felt, and that is crucial aspect of truly understanding events in History. Moreover, a lot of schools today are following an interdisciplinary curricula in which they are combining Language Arts and Social Studies, the Humanities, and it has shown to positively benefit students (Klein). With that being said, throughout this paper I intend to discuss the positive implications that historical fiction novels, specific ones of my choice, have on teaching History. To be more specific, I will elaborate on how I plan to implement specific novels and…

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