ERIC Number: ED209048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul-22
Reference Count: 0
Appalachian Literature and Culture: A Teaching Unit for High School Students.
Brennan, Joan M.
A 10-week unit of study of Appalachian literature and culture, focusing on Harriette Arnow's novel, "The Dollmaker," is designed to deepen Appalachian students' awareness of their rich cultural heritage as well as to encourage non-Appalachians' appreciation of backgrounds different from their own. One week is allotted for teacher-presented background material on the geography, flora, fauna, history, and language of the region. Four weeks are devoted to "The Dollmaker," including biographical data about Arnow, commentary by Joyce Oates, a film on strip-mining, daily classroom discussion, and occasional quizzes. "The Dollmaker" illustrates the strength of the mountain woman, reflects the problems of Appalachian parents in adjusting to urban life, is affordable, available in paperback format, and popular. During the final three weeks, students are to prepare and present demonstrations on one of the arts or crafts indigenous to the Appalachians. Appended to the lesson plans are: selected bibliographies of resources, films, poetry, prose, folklore, drama, music and dance, arts and crafts; background of the Appalachian region; a syllabus for "The Dollmaker"; biographical data on Harriette Arnow; Cratis Williams' classification of Appalachian stereotypes; and selected poems from "The Mountains Have Come Closer" by Jim Wayne Miller. (NEC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Appalachia; Appalachian People; Arnow (Hariette); Dollmaker (The)