Wednesday, June 11, 2008

History Recovery - for my Readers

For those of you wishing to read books relating to a topic/theme in either U.S. or World History, leave your book titles and comments relating to the books here.

If you have any book suggestions for other students leave them here as well.

One suggestion is Art Spiegelman's , Maus and Maus II. For information on these books:

Online Exhibit (Maus)


Lea Hansen-George said...

Another book suggestion is "The Jungle." I have a copy if anyone wants to borrow it.

I've lent it to many kids over the years. I cannot recall anyone telling me they didn't like it.

This book is best for U.S. History Recovery students.

Other good choices include "The Grapes of Wrath" and "The Great Gatsby." I have copies of those books as well.

I have many books pertaining to Black History and the Holocaust as well. See me if you are interested.

Hannah 4 said...

I actually own a copy of "The Grapes of Wrath"

I think it shows a very detailed, and accurate description of American life during the great Depression for those living in the Midwest, hoping for prosperity by traveling west. It also portrays many of the hardships of overwhelming despair, poverty, and how a semblance of hope can still shine through.

ChrisU.S. said...

I have read Maus II and enjoyed it. I'm not really into history because it's usually "book drones on and on about one topic, saying nothing interesting" and eventually I fall asleep, but when I read this comic format it was very detailed, but didn't drone and kept me entertained enough to read it all the way through. That is a very difficult thing to do with history. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars, only because it is slightly boring going through part of the first chapter.

Lea Hansen-George said...

Chrisu.s. did you check out the links relating to Maus I and Maus II? If so, what is your reaction to the multimedia exhibit?

BeachW said...

I am done with my timeline of the Holocaust and my summary of the movie. I am done with two projects exciting.

dimmer said...

i have raed hundreds of books on the the west in the 1800's and i could tell u the life styles of the Apaches, the Chomanch, Arapohoe, cherokee, souix, and many others.

Lea Hansen-George said...

chrisu.s.- I'm glad you gave Maus II a chance. I had to read it for a college history course. I never forgot that book (actually we read both Maus I and Maus II). I always thought, "If I teach a high school History course, I'm going to use these books."

You've satisfied one of your project requirments.

Lea Hansen-George said...

dimmer - Which books did you like the best? Would you suggest any in particular to kids taking the July session of History Recovery?

Lea Hansen-George said...

Like I stated in an earlier post, "The Jungle" is another good choice. It deals with early-20th Century American working conditions. In particular, it deals with the meat packing industry. It is a very compelling book. Sinclair's intent was to hit people in the heart with regard to capturing the plight of the worker in Chicago's meat packing plants. Instead, people were hit in the gut...use your imagination! Afterall, the book deals with the meat packing industry. Many attribute passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act to the publication and popularity of "The Jungle."

I hope I've piqued your curiousity!