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In this unit students will be entertained with stories told to them by the teacher; be informed of another level of meaning in the stories; led through a dramatization of the material and finally provided with questions to reflect on the relevance of the stories and the new interpretation to their own lives. Students will write and tell or dramatize their own tale with themselves as the hero(ine). Through storytelling, story dramatization and initiation rituals it is hoped students will improve language arts skills, increase understanding of dramatic processes and become aware of folk and fairy tales as transmitters of information valuable for understanding themselves and others. A Certificate of Initiation (developed for this unit by the author and beautifully elaborated and calligraphed by Pamela LaRegina of Supercalligraphics in Branford) is included for copying (copyright permission granted for instructional use only by P. LaRegina) and used to culminate the unit.
(Recommended for English classes, grades 6 through 9)
Fables Literature Oral Tradition Folklore Fairy Tales Sociology Initiation Rituals