June 6, 2012

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:


Exercise book
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
Admission: Free

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