A well-annotated timeline
One ten-year-old boy explained that Dungeons and Dragons was like history, except that Dungeons and Dragons "is more complicated ... There are hundreds and hundreds of books about Dungeons and Dragons." As far as this boy knew, there was only one book about history, his textbook. (Turkle, Writing Material 481)
I can relate. I remember growing up hating my history classes in elementary and middle school because it always felt like I was just relearning the same information over and over again. It wasn't until I started to read historical novels (both fiction and nonfiction) and watch historical films and television programs that I started to develop a real interest in history, because for the first time I realized that history was more than just a well-annotated timeline.