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    teaching kids history in an entertaining way

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by whoopee!, Nov 29, 2015.

    I'm thinking of a series of stories for age 8-12 where a group of modern-day kids are able to be an actual part of historical events of random dates - either in 'reality' or via technology, not sure. There is time travel, quantum leaps and such, and I know I may have to go with that sort of thing, though i hate how old and tired that is, But what else? Anyhow, it needs to be plausible, imaginable - FRESH, not the same tired time-travel gimmick that goes as far back as the old Bullwinkle show! Problem is, I don't know myself how to do it in a new way. I do want to put my kids in their own town, I don't mean it's a town devoid of adults, I just mean a normal but fictional town. I don't know if I can use that as a means to give them access to the past? Could there be something special about their town? I don't know.

    I guess I should state the obvious: the focus of the story is the history lesson, I suppose the travel should be entertaining of course,, and I want it real and believable, but I don't really want to focus on the technical stuff unless necessary. I mean, I'd like to keep the time-travel machine in the background haha.

    Any ideas appreciated
     
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    Omg what a lame forum. Thousands members and maybe 3 are actually posting. Where are the administrators? You'd think they would be answering posts if no one else will. I know when i ran a forum i made sure no one was ever just ignored. I understand not every one will have an answer for me but someone should. DyyIf i could delete my 2 posts i would. If an administrator does happen upon this would you be so mind as to delete my posts. I don't want to play here anymore.
     
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    Here, things might not happen instantaneously, but when they do eventually happen, they do so with grace, joy, and the crackle of our slow moving Ent-like wooden bones.

    To respond to your topic, if you by some chance will read this:

    The best part of creating a story is to forge its foundation from your own conscience and imagination. To ask others to create that foundation for you, serves only to let yourself down. I do not believe you when you say that you do not know how to do it yourself. If I may be so bold as to suggest that the statement you were actually trying to make was that you don't want to go through all the effort of creating a new idea. Because it does take time, a lot of time, and several oil paintings worth of inspiration.

    Try reading odd works. Speak to a scientist? Watch an entire movie upside down in the sofa. Regardless of my bizarre suggestions, if you are truly serious about a project or work, you will eventually lay out the foundation for it. It all takes time.

    May you foster many a crazy ideas.

    Kind regards,
    Madman
     
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    The Children of the Green Knowe series has kids travelling through time in a certain place and explores history well without ever explaining HOW. It's also the premise of The Magic Treehouse books and many TV shows directed at kids. It's often explained as a magic book, medallion or other item or an old scientist who invents a time machine. It's a pretty standard device for exploring history with kids. If the surrounding prose is good enough, to suspend disbelief you an get away with a lot.

    Also, tantrums won't win friends ;)
     

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