How to Write Your Own Caribbean Folktale: Anancy Festival, 2012
Graphic: Christina Elizabeth Philp
As part of my contribution to the Anancy Festival in Pembroke Pines on June 9, 2012, I'll be conducting a workshop for children: How to Write Your Own Caribbean Folktale.
During the workshop, I'll be using some of the techniques that I've developed as a teacher in Dade County Public Schools and in the Poet-in-the-Schools program.
For the teachers, here's a part of the lesson plan:
Pencil or pen
Blank paper for drawing
Students will understand the following:
- Folktales connect us with earlier generations who enjoyed the same tales.
- Folktales help us think about present situations we find ourselves in.
- Magic figures prominently in folktales.
- Folk tales can inspire readers to create original works of art.
The students will be able to do the following:
- Generate ideas and plans for writing by using brainstorming.
- Develop a draft of a folktale
- Edit a draft for word choice
- Submit a completed story
- Recognize and use verbs, adverbs, and adjectives in stories
- Identify the definition of folktale
- Understand and be able to identify the traditional elements in folktales
- Write a folk tale using Caribbean folktale characters
At the end of the process, the kids will write their own Caribbean folktale, which they will return to us via regular mail or e-mail. We hope to publish these stories in an online format.
We're gonna have a lot of fun.
Pembroke Pines/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida,
June 9th, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
South Regional/Broward College Library
7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
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