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ERIC Number: ED463220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 72
Abstractor: N/A
Discovering Our Delta: A Learning Guide for Community Research. Teacher Guide [and] Student Community Research Guide.
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies.
This teacher guide and student community research guide unit are intended to help students learn to conduct research in their community and to communicate the results of that research to classmates and others. The unit, which can be used in conjunction with a video, helps students learn about community research, oral history, and folklore methodology, and how to use them in many school subjects across the curriculum. It focuses on the topic of the Mississippi Delta and provides short profiles of some of the Delta's tradition bearers. The teacher's guide is divided into: "Part 1. Introduction"; "Part 2. Tradition Bearers and the Community; Locating Community Members/Tradition Bearers; Preparation and Follow-Up Materials; Follow-Up Strategies; Presenting to the Class"; "Part 3. Project/Activity Ideas and Competencies They Address; Language Arts; Social Studies; Math and Science; Home Economics"; and "Part 4. Appendixes: References, Resources and Other Information." The student community research guide profiles the work of five community research students who wanted to know more about their communities than they could learn from a book. The guide is divided into: "Part 1. Introduction"; "Part 2. Community Research; Community Research? What's That?; Meet the Community Researchers; Curiosity (Who Are You and What Are You Curious About?; Matching a Topic to Your Curiosity; Matching Your Curiosity to a School Subject)"; "Part 3. Before You Interview; How To Find a Tradition Bearer; What Will You Ask? Equipment Check"; "Part 4. Interviewing Skills in Motion; Setting up the Interview; Ready, Set, Go! (Establishing Rapport; Setting the Stage; Questions and Answers; Other Interview Problems); Auxiliary Information; A Big Thank You"; "Part 5. What Do I Do with It Now?; To Log or To Transcribe?; Follow-up Questions and Further Research"; "Part 6. Bring on the Analytical Power!; A Word on Ethics in Collecting Ideas on Preserving Your Information (An Exhibition; A Performance or Demonstration; More Project Ideas; It's Fun To Do More Than One; What To Do with a Collection; Speaking of Your Teacher)"; and "Part 7. Appendices." (BT)
Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20560-0953. Tel: 800-410-9815 (Toll Free); Fax: 800-853-9511 (Toll Free); e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Phil Hardin Foundation, Meridian, MS.; Mississippi Arts Commission, Jackson.
Authoring Institution: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies.