Please choose one of the following:
OPTION 1. Personal Folklore Anthology
A collection of the following types of folklore from your family, neighborhood and/or community. This collection can presented in the form of your choice, your challenge is to make it CREATIVE. You can use the digital methods we have used in class, you can draw, take photos, etc. You must provide a written description of each and if it's a story, song, rhyme, etc please include the actual text to the best of your knowledge or recollection.
These are songs, lullabies and dance games, poetry, jokes, folktales, riddles, proverbs, myths, and special sayings. (1 example)
These are objects such as special kinds of jewelry, home decorations, puppets, quilts, clothing, or musical instruments. Material culture may also include foods and special family recipes.
(2 different examples)
These are special customs and rituals such as throwing rice at a wedding for "Good luck." It includes family and local (community) customs and celebrations. It also includes the way you might use folklore in your own thoughts. For example, once when I was nine years old, I saw a best friend being teased by a school "bully." At first, I was afraid to interfere, but then I remembered the saying "a friend in need is a friend indeed." The proverb helped me to organize my feelings and take an action. Do you ever hear or remember proverbs in this way? Then you are using "behavioral folklore!" (1 example)
-Family Lore:Many families have their own stories, which are passed down from grandparents to children and grandchildren. These stories might have to do with how the families came to live in the United States or other parts of the world. Some families like to remember a certain relative, by telling stories about him or her. Other times, families have special ways of cooking, singing lullabies, or games they play at birthdays, holidays, or even traveling on vacation. How you were named, how you celebrate your birthday; stories about your grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and relatives that are passed on and remembered, all these are part of your own heritage, your own family folklore. Collecting family stories is one of many ways to learn and record folklore. Your family folklore also includes shared wisdom, like sayings and proverbs or material things like jewelry, home decorations and recipes to list just a few. (1 example)
Wherever you live, whether it is in a city, a town, suburbs, or on a farm, you will have many opportunities to discover folklore heritage and expressions. How does your community celebrate holidays like the Fourth of July, Halloween, or Thanksgiving? Are there parades? Special food, songs or clothing? If your family came to the United States recently, or even generations ago, you could be celebrating other important holidays with neighbors and friends, like Chinese New Year, the Day of the Dead, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day, Passover, or Corn Dance, a Native American ceremony from the Southwest. (1 Example)
OPTION 2: Cultural Folklore Collection
Choose a culture or region that interests you and complete the following:
- Cultural Description: Who are these people, what are they known for? Describe where they are located, what is associated with this culture and why you chose them.
- At least three Myths or legends that are associated with this culture. You should explain what the myth or legend teaches - what are the values or lessons.
- Descriptions of a traditional meal, a traditional craft, and a traditional holiday or ceremony
Fairy Tale Project
You chose one of the Grimm's Fairy Tales, summarized and identified major themes and lessons.
Research the Fairy tale further - find another version of the story. It may be from another country or part of the world (remember, the Grimm's are German) it may be a modernized version of the story, a la Disney or DreamWorks.
For the alternate version of the tale: summarize and identify the major themes and lessons.
Compare and contrast the two stories:
- What elements are the same, what are different? How do the differences change the story for you? Do the differences change the themes or lessons?
- Which version do you prefer and why?
- What needs to be changed or modified to make the story relevant for today?
Sometimes the lessons and themes in the story are outdated, or only partially hold true. Often it is the setting and how the characters interact. Give some thought to how people interact today versus how they interact in the story. For example: would President Obama hold a ball (gala/party) with the intent of his daughters choosing a husband from the attendees?
Project: Modernized Fairy Tales
Based on the work above (you will hand in the summaries of each tale with the themes and lessons, as well as the comparison and further analysis for a grade!) Re-write the original version of the story you read so that it is more relevant for todays young people.
Once you have rewritten the story you will create a "Story book". This can be a physical "book" or digital via Wevideo.com, BUT it MUST includes images. You can create the images yourself by staging a photo shoot, collect images online, or draw them yourself. BE CREATIVE!!
The Little Mermaid - article response
Please complete the following - you may type or write your responses:
1. Compare and contrast the Disney's The Little Mermaid to the original story by Hans Christian Andersen.
- What are the similarities and differences?
- Which story did you prefer? Explain why.
- Why do you think Disney made the changes it did?
- How did these changes alter the themes you identified in the original? - Be specific.
- What new themes emerged?
Read the article which was handed out: Why My Kids Will Not Be Watching The Little Mermaid.
Answer the following:
1. Summarize why the author's kids will not be watching The Little Mermaid.
2. Do you agree with the author?
3. Respond to the Author's view on the moral of Disney's story:
- Do you agree with their analysis? Why or why not?
4. What do you think of the author's interpretation of Disney's story?
An argument has made that in the original story Ariel is responsible for herself - she makes her own choices and deals with the consequences, however, Disney's version Ariel is a victim of others malicious plans. What do you think?
12/5 Fairytales Revised...
Use the following links to explore the Grimm Fairy Tales.
Answer the following questions:
1. Summarize the Fairy Tale
2. What are the major events and characters? (If you were telling someone about this story what MUST be included to get the point??)
3. What lessons and themes do you draw from this Fairy Tale?
4. Which lessons and themes hold true today? Which don't? Why?
5. What would/could be changed to update this Fairy Tale and make it more relevant?
11/18 - 11/20 Fairy Tales
What purpose to Fairy Tales serve? How do the versions we know differ from the original?
We will start by reading the Little Mermaid - after we have read Andersen's original story, we will compare it to Disney's version.
As you read the story, please complete the following tasks.
The story is broke up into 6 parts: CLICK HERE TO GO TO PART 1
1. As complete each section write a summary - be sure to include:
- What you learn about the Little Mermaid?
- What characters are present? What do you learn about those characters?
- What happens? What decisions are made? What warnings are given?
2. When you have completed the story answer the following:
- What are the rules for the little Mermaid's world/society?
- Why does the Little Mermaid want to go to the surface?
- How does she get there?
- Why does she want to be human?
- What happens when she becomes human?
- What happens to her as a result of her decision?
- What lessons do you take away from this story?
10/28 Urban Legends continued....
Looking at the Urban Legends site from yesterday choose one of the legends. (Choose a different one from yesterday) Create a list of distinguishing details in the legend:
- Who is involved?
- Where does it take place?
- What happens? What is the event that is meant to scare or teach?
- What is the moral or caution?
Using an online search engine search for two other versions of the legend and compare these distinguishing characteristics.
What changes? What stays the same? Why do you think some of the details change? Which version is most convincing?
10/27 Urban Legends
Happy Monday! Let me apologize for not being in today, my son is sick. With Halloween on Friday I want to look at Urban Legends and Ghost stories this week.
Please read the following article and answer the following questions. You can either respond in a word document or write it out by hand on paper.
How do Legends work: http://people.howstuffworks.com/urban-legend4.htm
Today we will start a mini project with the following goals:
In addition to turning the myth into a comic strip you will write a forward for an anthology of Greek Myth.
What's a forward? It's a short piece that introduces and provides reflections, some of them personal, for the content of what you will be reading.
Follow the steps below:
9/15 Greek Myths
So, I only received three responses from Friday's assignment, and that is an important reading. So today, we will do the following:
1. Complete the assignment from Friday.
2. Find a Greek Myth, read it, and complete the summary form below. This will be used tomorrow!
Welcome! I want to welcome you to Anthropology and the 2014-2015 school year. I am very excited to start this school year with you. Anthropology is a broad subject area to study. In this course we will focus on Anthropology & Folklore. Folklore plays an important role in society. It is the traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community.
Has been teaching in the City School District of Albany for twelve years.