Showing posts with label folk stories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label folk stories. Show all posts

Friday, April 18, 2014

Smithsonian & ePals Present the 2014 Junior Folklorist Challenge

ePals and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage are hosting the 2014 Junior Folklorist Challenge. The challenge asks students to identify examples of folklore in their communities, identify tradition bearers, and conduct interviews with tradition bearers. Interviews can be recorded in text, video, or audio. After conducting and recordings their interviews students need to create a short (under seven minutes) video, audio slideshow, or podcast about their chosen tradition and tradition bearer. Click here to see all of the presentation requirements. See the video below for more information about the challenge.

Applications for Education
Even if your students don't make submissions to the 2014 Junior Folklorist Challenge, the concept of the challenge makes for a great local history project. Collaboratively creating a website to organize and feature presentations about local traditions could be a good community service for your students.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Story Cove - A World of Cultural Stories

Story Cove is a free service that hosts audio and video stories based on the folktales from a variety of places and cultures. In all there are twenty-five stories hosted on Story Cove. The stories are divided by their continent of origin. Each story is intended to convey a lesson on culture and society. The stories can be watched as videos or listened to as audio-only recordings.

Story Cove provides a nice selection of lesson plans to accompany each of the stories in its collection. The lesson plans are in PDF form and include handouts for students. The lesson plans are categorized by story and by grade level, pre-K through grade 3. Story Cove also provides printable activities like mazes and word searches to accompany each story.

Applications for Education
Story Cove could be a good resource for early childhood and elementary school teachers. Through the videos and audio recordings the stories are accessible to students even if they cannot yet read on their own.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Barnes & Noble Passport to Summer Reading
Word Ahead Vocabulary Videos
WeboWord - Vocabulary Visualized

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Folk Streams - Documentaries of American Life

Folk Streams is a good website featuring documentary films of American life. Visitors to Folk Streams will find films about various demographic segments of the population as well as films about regions of the country. The films are produced by independent directors and come from a variety of distributors. Most of the films appear to be between thirty and sixty minutes in length although there are some films outside of that range. Visitors to Folk Streams can search by region, subject, title, filmmaker, or distributor.

One of the films that is of interest to me is Woodsmen and River Drivers. This film documents the work of Maine loggers in the 1930's. It includes footage from the 1930's and commentary from loggers.

Folk Streams is one of the sites included in Open Culture's list of The Top Cultural and Educational Video Sites.

Applications for Education
Humanities teachers in US middle schools and high schools looking to include local and regional history in their lessons should examine Folk Streams. Folk Streams does have a teacher's portal which offer three lesson plans directly related to specific films and one "generic" lesson plan that can be adapted for use with most of the films.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Snag a Free Full-Length Documentary
NeoK12 - A Super Collection of Educational Videos
PBS Launches a New Video Portal
The Library of Congress is Now On YouTube