New, Novice or Nervous? 154: Using historical scholarship in the classroom

Teaching History feature

By HA, published 31st March 2014

As another World Book Day goes past, you have been watching the English department wax lyrical about all of the wonderful books that pupils might read. You know that there is a wealth of well-written historical scholarship out there for pupils to dive into, yet you are not sure about how best to get pupils over the initial hurdle and reading scholarship, particularly the older pupils in your school. How can you get pupils reading historical scholarship?

The obvious answer is to start them off by reading scholarship in lessons. Yet how can you justify the time spent on this? How might reading scholarship enhance your existing curriculum? And what approaches might you use to achieve this?

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