The Folklore Festival:
A multicultural curriculum framework
(61 pages. Pbk. plastic comb binding)
Three richly diverse cultures -- Tribal Africa,
Medieval Japan, and Ancient Greece -- are explored through the preparation
and production of a trio of dramatized traditional folk tales.
Costume designs and detailed instructions for their construction,
suggestions for simple but effective staging, sets, properties, lighting,
sound and music are included.
Each of the three short plays is
written in a different theatre form -- Why the Hare Runs Away from
Africa, in story theatre; The Sparrow Maiden, from Japan, in narrated
pantomime; and The Story of Demeter and Persephone, from Ancient Greece,
as a traditional script. Each of these forms is described in detail
and suggestions given for their effective use with any theatricalized
Curriculum suggestions for each of the three plays are given
for language arts, social studies, science, math, art, music and
Fascinating facts about each of the three cultures, a
curriculum wheel for each and synopses of the role theatre plays in the
respective cultures together form a framework within which any teacher may
develop a truly multicultural celebration with his or her
CES's curriculum guide The Folklore Festival: A multicultural
curriculum framework gives you:
- three curriculum maps to assist you in teaching Africa, Japan
and Ancient Greece in a truly interdisciplinary way.
- a summary of each of the three folktales used in the
playscripts: Why the Hare Runs Away (Africa); The Sparrow Maiden
(Japan); and The Myth of Demeter and Persephone (Ancient Greece).
- a play script for the three folktales above with enough parts
for an entire classroom of students.
- production ideas for sets, costumes, music, etc.
- thematic activities in all curriculum areas including Language Arts,
science, history, and math
- information on the three suggested theatre styles in which each of the
three folktales can be produced: Story Theatre, Narrated Pantomime and
- a complete discussion on the theatre of each culture
- twelve fascinating facts about each culture, and a "fascinating
fact extrapolation"--step by step instructions for students to follow
to motivate them to make the connections between the significance of
the facts and their own lives.
- multiple intelligence activities for all learning styles.
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