AOK History Diana omomehin

Diana Omomehin

Period 3

Camilla, Jeremy, and Zara


Real Life Situation:

Two accounts of a period in history.

Bruce Catton (Civil War) - presents a narrative style of writing

So Grant and Lee were in complete contrast, representing two 12 diametrically opposed elements in American life. Grant was the modem man emerging; beyond him, ready to come on the stage, was the great age of steel and machinery, of crowded cities and a restless burgeoning vitality. Lee might have ridden down from the old age of chivalry, lance in hand, silken banner fluttering over his head. Each man was the perfect champion of his cause, drawing both his strengths and his weaknesses from the people he led

For four years, the Southern states had fought a desperate war to uphold the ideals for which Lee stood. In the end, it almost seemed as if the Confederacy fought for Lee; as if he himself was the Confederacy… the best thing that the way of life for which the Confederacy stood could ever have to offer. Thousands of tired, underfed, poorly clothed Confederate soldiers, long since past the simple enthusiasm of the early days of the struggle, somehow considered Lee the symbol of everything for which they had been willing to die. But they could not quite put this feeling into words. If the Lost Cause, sanctified by so much heroism and so many deaths, had a living justification, its justification was General Lee.

Howard Zinn (Reconstruction) - gives detailed facts

It was true that the public debt of South Carolina, $7 million in 1865, went up to $29 million in 1873, but the new legislature introduced free public schools for the first time into the state. Not only were seventy thousand Negro children going to school by 1876 where none had gone before, but fifty thousand white children were going to school where only twenty thousand had attended in 1860.

Black voting in the period after 1869 resulted in two Negro members of the U.S. Senate (Hiram Revels and Blanche Bruce, both from Mississippi), and twenty Congressmen, including eight from South Carolina, four from North Carolina, three from Alabama, and one each from the other former Confederate states. (This list would dwindle rapidly after 1876; the last black left Congress in 1901.)

Knowledge Issue:

Are historians good storytellers?


Good historians are good storytellers because they use different WOKs such as Emotion and Language to pass on knowledge to the readers

The narrative style allows you to gain perspective and our imagination is sparked, substituting for experience.

The narrative style also allows the bigger picture to be seen, rather than focusing on all the details.

Bruce Catton’s use of narrative style draws the reader in as he emphasizes on the drama of history.

By focusing on the details, you start to get lost in the information and lose sight of the main idea. But, when there are details, like in Howard Zinn’s book, you are given all the information and can form opinions by yourself.

In Bruce Catton’s version, he makes the connections for you and leads you to the main point.

There is also evidence of topic choice bias, because both historians chose to focus on certain aspects of the period. Howard Zinn wrote about African Americans and the average workers, while Bruce Catton wrote about generals and those who were higher up in ranking.

Great person Theory of history: Bruce Catton uses the great person theory of history when recording. He focused on the people who were at the top of the hierarchy and the people who had a lot of influence at the time.

Howard Zinn writes with a marxist view and talks about regular people in ordinary and real life situations.

The way Howard Zinn chooses to write lacks the skill to engage the reader, as stated above people get lost in the details, and overall lose interest.

Other Real Life Situations:

Psychology (Human Sciences) - When reading studies, sometimes the narrative style of writing is more effective in getting the point across to the reader. When presented with too many details, the reader gets lost in the information and loses sight of the main idea.

Economics (Human Sciences) - Economists such as Adam Smith and John Keynes used various storytelling techniques to communicate their theories with other economists.

We completely changed what we were doing for this topic. At the beginning we were going to do a skit for this AOK and we were also going to do a different question. We completely changed our idea and are doing the question Are good historians good storytellers. We are going to do a story time in class. We are going to make up our own story and

The main point of our presentation is to show that historians tell history by using there own form of stories. They record history in different ways and this is what makes a good historian. They are able to convey the information with the audience without losing their attention.

My goal for this presentation is too speak more and clearly. I tend to stammer a lot when I am in nervous situations so I hope that the fact that I am trying to make this project more friendly by making it a story time, I feel more at ease. So I don not stammer as much.

Knowledge Question

Are good historians good story tellers?

Yes they are good storytellers because they are able to communicate with their audience without losing their attention. Most people get bored when reading history, but because these historians are good story tellers, the audience maintains their attention. Historians also use various literary techniques and devices which writers and storytellers use.

Yes there are good storytellers because they use facts and various literary devices which evokes a connection with the readers.

Is history meant to teach us lessons based on the “mistakes” of the past?

In theory we want history to teach us lessons based on the mistakes of the past,but in reality we can’t always apply them current situations.

MAIN POINT: It is hard for us to identify mistakes as they are happening and we don't as the mistake is happening and we don’t see it until it after it has happened.

Touch on hindsight.

In hindsight, it is much easier to determine the significance of things that had affected the outcome of situation. This is why it is difficult for us to identify mistakes as they are happening and we don't

A skit???

We chose number 4 Is history meant to teach us lessons based on the “mistakes” of the past?

The main problem in this question is finding out what is actually considered a mistake in history.

Politics in the English Language

Some of the points that Orwell made about new language is that they consist of meaningless words, pretentious diction, dying metaphors, operators or verbal false limbs. In pretentious diction, we write we tend to switch out the basic words for more complex words to seem smarter. He is saying that this is a wrong way of writing. People use unnecessary word, most of the use words with latin roots to write. In ancient times we used to be more careful with english.

Knowledge Questions

Does history have empirical evidence?

What is the relationship between history and memory?

Are good historians good story tellers?

Is history meant to teach us lessons based on the “mistakes” of the past?

Knowledge in history (the AOK) must change over time. To what extent do you agree?

What is the relationship between history and the language through which it is conveyed?


Our presentation went well. We did a story time and we all sat in a circle. First we read our excerpts and then we explained it to the rest of the class. People in the class also had good point of views that they articulated. IT also gave me a different view on the topic of history and storytelling. Most of our presentations were aligned as they all had the same topic of history and storytelling. Mr Morrison also gave good evaluation and opinion.

Extension Proposal

I think that this should be added to the reflective reading because it gives a different point on view on storytelling and what effect it has on history. It is a four minute talk so people will be intrigued to watch .iPad storyteller Joe Sabia introduces us to Lothar Meggendorfer, who created a bold technology for storytelling: the pop-up book. Sabia shows how new technology has always helped us tell our own stories, from the walls of caves to his own onstage iPad. The video shows how the way stories are told have a huge effect on the audience.

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