Using stories in history at KS3 and 4 as well as primary classes

Daniel Willingham and other have long made the case for the use of story in history teaching at all keystages not just in primary history classes . And its easy to see why:


Stories are more interesting

Stories are easier to comprehend

Stories are easier to remember

Our minds seek causal connections


History is a natural story; it has the four Cs —causality, conflicts, complications, and character—built in.

Yet, history textbooks at KS3 and beyond rarely use a narrative structure .

So we need to be prepared to introduce our own.

Which stories would you tell in each of your KS3,4 and 5 topics that rally illuminate the enquiry?

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