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ERIC Number: ED088082
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Pages: 11
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The Oral Tradition: Springboard for Teaching Black Literature.
Wilson, Velez H.
Black Americans have inherited a rich store of oral literature (folk music, folk tales, folk customs, and superstitions). When approached from the point of view of the students' experience, this oral tradition can be an effective springboard for discussion, reading, and writing in the classroom. Brass band funeral processions can be viewed as a close structural parallel to the form of classical elegy and a study of commemorative poetry written by or about blacks can be used to complement the jazz funeral-elegy comparison. Tracing the development of a character in oral literature such as Brer Rabbit can also be an effective approach; or one can trace the theme of what makes a hero. One successful unit was developed from a historical perspective to trace the black man's philosophies of freedom using folk music and poetry. The oral literature of the black community explains the present condition as the result of the past and establishes a definite relationship between the actions and reactions of the black man's ancestors to the conflicts in their lives. The oral literature is a continuing tradition, so that much of the teaching material can consist of the experiences and knowledge of oral literature that black students bring to the classroom. (HOD)
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