Thursday, April 10, 2008

Many Voices, Many Stories, & Many Lands

Storytelling & Folklore Unit for Grade 6 English

a Canadian storyteller & Author "virtually visits" our school....

From his Blog:
"Dale Gilbert Jarvis is the Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer for the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, a storyteller, author and performer. Dale sits on the Board of Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada, is the founder of the St. John's Storytelling Circle, and serves as president of the St. John's Storytelling Festival, Inc."

After meeting Mr. Jarvis through the Storytelling Guild I belong to in Second Life he agreed to collaborate with us for this unit, sharing folktales and stories from his recently published collection The Golden Leg and Other Ghostly Campfire Tales. The unit started with the usual background information about what things make a folktale, legend, and urban legend. After that introduction, the students came into the Media Center with the results of their story mining homework where they ask their family what stories they heard of as a kid or in the neighborhood where they grew up.

From TeacherTube: Storyteller and noted author Mr. Dale Jarvis adapated and retells folktale from India. In the story, Death creeps into Paradise, and steals away a boy from his sister.

"Gilbert Sapwood" aka Dale Jarvis tells an Irish folktale in the Dakota Playhouse in Second Life.

Storytelling in Action!

Teachers & Media Specialists: for more information about this Unit see our Wiki for all the lesson plans, handouts, storytelling links and more!

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