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Old December 30th, 2015, 07:03 PM   #11

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humor is a effective way to engage students to history. think about it, if you were just listening to a teacher talking about some history, i'm sure you would be bored out of your mind. Humor keeps us awake and lets our minds be more open. to enjoy something wants you to keep doing it, that why i signed up for social studies classes for majority of my high school year. however, we should not allow dark jokes (EX: Hitler: i said i wanted a glass of juice, not gas the Jews!, i know dark, i don't laugh when i here it, i scold the guy who said that in front of me.)
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Old December 31st, 2015, 04:21 AM   #12

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Horrible Histories is a funny show from the CBBC. Granted, it is for kids aged 8-12, but it's what got me into history. It's a lot of fun and very engaging, and you can teach them historical facts set to music, as the show makes parodies of popular songs to an historical tune.
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Old December 31st, 2015, 04:54 AM   #13

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EVERY subject should be taught with at least a little humor! Unfortunately, that's a talent that can't be instilled in every teacher.

For history, "hands on" is always good. In grade school, kids do a lot of art projects, models of architecture, dioramas, sometimes costumes, cooking and feasts, etc. But even just dividing the class into factions for a research project from different sides of the story will be informative.

And don't forget to bring in reenactors as often as possible! I LOVE doing classroom demos, and the kids love a chance to see "real" stuff and actually get their hands on clothing, domestic items, armor, and other cool things. (Usually not weapons! Too many lawyers...) Of course, if you get a reenactor who is humorous as well as brilliant, articulate, experienced, good-looking, and modest, like myself, well, your students will love you forever.

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Old February 18th, 2016, 01:00 PM   #14

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Horrible Histories is pretty good

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Old February 24th, 2016, 08:58 AM   #15

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Yes. Humour is a very positive quality, but one shouldn't overdo it. Also, from my experience as a student, I prefer a combination of videos, explanations and texts.
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 02:38 PM   #16

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... But even just dividing the class into factions for a research project from different sides of the story will be informative. Matthew
History is a little too recent here for what I think you're suggesting here ...
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Horrible Histories is quite fantastic - occasionally gross, but clever and educational.
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Old November 27th, 2016, 06:35 AM   #18

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Add some intriguing informations to the historical facts such as:

- When Duke William of Normandy landed on the English shore, he stumbled and fell flat on his face. When he stood back up, he yelled, "I have seized England with both hands," to hide his mistake.

- Shortly before the U.S. declared war on Great Britain for interfering with its international trade, Great Britain agreed to lift her blockades. However, because there were no telephones, the U.S. didnít learn about this until after the war had been declared.

- Woodrow Wilsonís campaign slogan for his second term was ďhe kept us out of war.ď About a month after he took office, the United States declared war on Germany.

- The last time the Chicago Cubs won a World Series, the Ottoman Empire still existed.

- President George H. W. Bush puked on Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa due to an intestinal flu. This was lampooned in the movie Hot Shots! Part Deux.
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Old November 27th, 2016, 08:17 PM   #19

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A lot of things happened during that first one month of Wilson's second term. I'm not saying it to be funny. It's important info to add to the above.
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Old November 28th, 2016, 04:02 AM   #20
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One of my university professors was a master of instilling humour into his lectures. I always remember his rant on Hitler which ended with "...to top it off, he was a sh*t artist as well."
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