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ERIC Number: ED135012
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Mexican-American Folklore: An Approach to the Research Paper.
Seale, Jan
Having freshman English students at Pan American University in the Rio Grande valley of Texas focus on Mexican-American folklore themes for research papers has proved to be successful in motivating students and in activating their ethnic interests and cultural pride. Steps involved in preparing these research papers include choosing a topic which is not too broad, selecting bibliographic items (a minimum of ten sources--two periodicals, one reference book, two book-length studies, and five interviews), conducting interviews (for which students need to learn skill in handling direct and indirect quotes), and carrying out library research. Students may develop material in one of three ways or in a combination of these ways: cataloging variations of a belief or legend prevalent in the area, comparing a practice or belief current in Mexican-American culture to the same practice in Latin American countries, and comparing a folklore topic with similar practices in other areas throughout the world. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the South Central Modern Language Association (Dallas, Texas, October 1976)