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ERIC Number: EJ878514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Origin Stories: Geography, Culture, and Belief
Gandy, S. Kay; Matthew, Kathleen
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v22 n4 p25-28 Mar-Apr 2010
At a very young age children become curious about themselves and their place in the world around them. As children mature, questions of origin signal the desire for a broader explanation of the world, a desire for a deeper understanding of something bigger than themselves to explain events that happen around them. There is a great variety of origin stories that provide explanations for earthly happenings. The cultural and religious themes evident in these stories can significantly enrich the social studies curriculum, giving elementary students an understanding of how culture and the environment influence the behavior of diverse peoples. Stories of origin will be discussed among groups and between individuals young and old for ages to come. It is one of the greatest stories of life. Linking culturally based origin stories to other conversations about culture and society can create a learning environment for deeper understanding of oneself and others. In this article, the authors discuss how to use origin stories in the curriculum. They provide information on various natural elements and how they are viewed in several creation stories. (Contains 1 table and 16 notes.)
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Language: English
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