Are you finding it hard to cover the whole curriculum at school? With so many subjects and such little time, thematic cross-curricular learning may be the way forward?
Whilst, the study of European history and the teaching of narrative writing styles can be two separate subjects, wouldn’t it be much better if they were both interwoven and also inspirational?
Read on for more!
First – tell the story below!
In 1963, while a man was remodeling his house and installing a new bathroom, he broke the outer bedroom wall and discovered a tunnel entrance.
He entered the secret tunnel and what he found behind that wall stunned historians, archaeologists, and the world.
The lost ancient underground city of Derinkuyu had been discovered. Derinkuyu, a multilevel series of chambers carved from soft volcanic rock in the Cappadocia region of Turkey, stretches to a depth of more than 200 feet.
Believed to have been built by the Phrygians, an Indo-European people originally from the Balkan region, it dates back to the 8th century BC. With a capacity of 20,000 people, Derinkuyu had rooms for food stores, livestock, schools, kitchens, living and sleeping areas and sanitary facilities.
Second – show the children the picture attached and ask the students to generate questions about the daily lives of these people!
Third – ask the children to research more about this civilisation of people (using the questions posed during the discussion around the picture) and write their findings as a story based around a child living in this region, at this time, based in these tunnels!
Bingo! – European history and narrative writing taught simultaneously.
If we want our children to be creative, we must teach creatively and be creative ourselves.
It’s time to make learning fun for not just the students, but ourselves too!
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