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Subject: If you need a chuckle...a story about historical fiction and my students
Date Posted: 11/30/2009 10:51 PM ET
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My middle school students do a current events project for me every marking period, but I let them read a historical book and write a review on it in leiu of part of the project (different topic each marking period, last marking period was biography, this one is historical fiction...trying to encourage them to read more...).  One of my students brought me a book for approval today.  I asked him what made it historical.  He said because it took place in the 1980s (no other reason, not Cold War or something like that, just that it took place in the 1980s).  I checked the book over, forgot what it was about exactly but it was a pivotal enough event that I said OK.  I told him that he made me feel very old because I was alive in the 80s (I didn't tell him that I was only alive for part of the 80s because I don't want my students to know that I'm the same age as many of their older siblings), but I found it so funny that now something from my life time is "historical" to my students, lol.  Of course, this is the same group refers to Saved by the Bell as "that really, really, really, old show on in the mornings" and I also had to explain the concept of "dial-up Internet" them and they really though I was making it up.  I love my students, they make me smile even though they think I'm as old as dirt... :P

Anyway, just wanted to share.  There have been so many bad stories on the news today that I felt the need to hopefully spread a historical fiction related smile! :)

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 12:12 AM ET
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If "Saved By the Bell" is really really really old, then I'm ancient.  And I'm 24!

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 7:52 AM ET
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Love this!  It made me laugh for the first time this morning!  Thanks!

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 8:40 AM ET
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I feel old when I remember that Saturday morning network TV used to actually have cartoons and not 10 hours of the same morning chat show crap that's on during the week!

But I'm just a bitter Bugs Bunny fan.

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 5:15 PM ET
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Erika- I'm 25, they think I'm old as dirt.  I teach Ancient World, and did an activity at the beginning of the year asking students to put certain items in one of two colums: primary or secondary source.  I purposely put down "Mrs. B's lecture on Ancient Egypt" to see where they would put it.  Thankfully, they put it in the secondary source column.  But I will tease with them "speak up, I'm old" or "if someone as old as me can pick up the desk instead of sliding across the floor, then you can too."  I'm glad that they think I'm "old" though because I started off teaching high school and I was only 4 years older than my seniors, so they didn't always take me seriously.  Middle school kids have no concept of age, so pretty much anyone older than 16 or so is "old" to them, haha.

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 5:19 PM ET
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Yeah I can understand that Brenna.  I babysat for kids that are graduating high school next year.  Ack.

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 9:35 PM ET
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My 18 year old sister, the other night, told me I was practically forty.  My current age, you ask?  Thirty!  How's that for making me feel older than I am!  Great story, Brenna; gave me a nice chuckle!

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 10:17 PM ET
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My son has been learning about past and present in 1st grade. He does these worksheets where there are pics of old-timey things (horse and buggy, a slate used in old schoolhouses, people pumping well water) mixed in with present day pics and he has to mark whether it's from the past or the present, that kind of thing.

So he saw a few of our wedding pics, ones that we had printed in black and white, and he freaked out..."Mommy, you got married in the PAST! You're really, really OLD!"  He's totally not getting the concept of black and white film still being available today, b/c his teacher taught him that they're from the past!

And me OLD? Those pics were from 2000, not 1700. Hmph.