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Background For Teachers:
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Begin each class with a riddle, a recipe, a legend, a folk song or the like. Ask students what these have in common.
Identify the history that class openers and folk stories can provide.
Share the folklore of Utah collected by the teacher. This can also be successfully begun with a storyteller invited to your class. Historical organizations may be able to help you locate a local storytelling treasure. Discuss how folklore increases your understanding of Utah. How do these same stories create wonder or questions?
Research your community for curiosities that need explaining: a building that seems out of place, an environmental unexplainable, unmatched fence sections or sidewalk sections, a unique house in a neighborhood, etc. and share these with the class.
Visit, photograph, or sketch these places for class display and inspiration.
Interview an older resident to hear the stories and language of other time periods in Utah history. With permission, use the information as the basis for a tall tale, legend, etc.
Encourage students to discover ways that folklore changes over time. Challenge them to modify their created collection of folklore to reflect new changes.
Invite older members of the community to a 'Utah Through Time' social. Have the students solicit and record the stories, tales, traditions of the past in their own community.
At the conclusion of the 'Utah Through Time' social, students will present their collections of folklore. These can be presented orally or printed in a booklet.
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