ERIC Number: ED197896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Folklore of the Miwok Indians (A Primary Unit Based on a Miwok Folktale).
Alberson, Bliss; Yates, Colombe
The goal of this primary level teaching unit on the folklore of the Miwok Indians, who once lived in the foothills not far from Yosemite Valley, is to develop in the child academic skills which can be observed and/or measured. The four objectives are that: after hearing the folktale, "How the Great Rocks Grew," which tells how two rocks grew in the Sierra Mountains, the child will be able to tell it to the class or to the teacher and will be able to identify the main plot or theme, the characters in proper sequence, and the moral of the story; after further study of the Miwoks, the child will be able to identify the ethnic group from which the folktale originates; he will be able to demonstrate his knowledge of vocabulary which was developed in the story; and he will be able to relate to the folktale in creative ways through art, music, and dramatic play. Activities are itemized in each of four study areas: language arts, art, music, and math/science. For instance, the music teacher could, with the help of the children, compose a "Honuk, honuk" song which the Inchworm might have sung; have children listen to some Native American rhythms and encourage them to develop their own creative movements to the music; and help the class develop a ballet using the characters of the story. A bibliography on Miwok Indians is included. (Author/AN)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oakland Unified School District, CA.