ERIC Number: ED359839
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Family Story Curriculum Project. Refugee Women's Alliance.
de Barros, Judy; And Others
A Family Story Curriculum Project was implemented in three English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classes at the Refugee Women's Alliance (ReWA) center in Seattle, Washington. This project followed a successful storytelling project in which students remembered and told folktales from their native countries. The purposes of the Family Story curriculum were varied: to increase self-esteem, cultural adjustment, and language skills of the participants; to create student-generated materials that address family issues and bridge the cultural and generational gap between newcomers and their American-raised children; to print 5 to 10 stories for classroom use; and to train ReWA instructional staff in collecting and using family stories. All goals were easily met, with 17 ReWA staff trained and more than 24 stories printed. Curriculum materials and a description of the project were also developed. This document contains the following sections: (1) Training: Oral History and Journal Writing; (2) Pre-Collection Activities; (3) Collecting Stories; (4) Follow-up ESL Activities; and (5) Conclusion (including two major concerns that arose during the course of the project--the need for more ESL activities and management of the grief and sadness that accompanied student memories). Sample student illustrations are included. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education) (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Refugee Women's Alliance, Seattle, WA.
Identifiers - Location: Washington (Seattle)