Folklife Resources for Educators
Materials Related to Alabama
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Sweet is the Day: A Sacred Harp Family Portrait - Teacher's Guide
Teacher’s guide for grades 6-8 to accompany the film, “Sweet is the Day: A Sacred Harp Family Portrait,” created by Jim Carnes and Erin Kellen in 2001. The 59-minute film, available as streaming video on folkstreams.net, tells the story of the Woottens, one of the key singing families who helped Sacred Harp music survive and flourish for more than 150 years in the South. The film intertwines scenes of family gatherings, singing conventions, and farm life in the Sand Mountain region of northeast Alabama with family recollections and songs from the shape-note tradition. The teaching guide and film explore shape-note music and Sacred Harp singing, including the importance of the tradition in the lives of families in the Sand Mountain community.
|Grade Level: 6-8
||Curriculum: Art and Culture; History and Social Studies; Language Arts; Performing Arts; Music
|Resource Type: Lesson plans; Primary sources; Video recordings
|Subjects: Music; Oral history; Shape-note singing; Farm life; Religious life and customs; Appalachian Region--Social life and customs; Choral societies; Alabama--Social life and customs; Family--Folklore; Community life; Ethnographic films; Family--History; Singing conventions; Singing schools; Educational films
Geographic locations: Alabama
Unbroken Tradition – Teacher’s Guide
by Erin Kellen, Joey Brackner
Teacher’s guide for grades 3-6 to accompany the film “Unbroken Tradition,” created by Joey Brackner, Erin Kellen, and Herb Smith in 1986. The 29-minute film, available as streaming video on folkstreams.net, is a portrait of Jerry Brown, a ninth generation potter from Hamilton, Alabama, whose forebears first set up a potter’s wheel in Georgia around 1800. The film takes the viewer through the steps of making a churn from digging the clay and preparing it for the potter’s wheel, to actual turning and firing of the piece in the kiln. It also includes Jerry’s explanation of how he came to the potter’s trade relatively late in life. The teacher’s guide and film explore issues relating to the continuation of this family tradition over generations, the making of stoneware pottery, and the importance of pottery in daily life in the past in the American South.
|Grade Level: 3-5; 6-8
||Curriculum: Science; History and Social Studies; Art and Culture
|Resource Type: Video recordings; Primary sources; Lesson plans; Activities
|Subjects: Family--Folklore; Potters; Pottery; Alabama--Social life and customs; Oral history; Georgia--Social life and customs; Family-owned business enterprises; History; Educational films; Ethnographic films; Artisans
Geographic locations: Georgia; Alabama
Alabama State Council on the Arts
201 Monroe Street
Montgomery AL 36130-1800
Whitesburg KY 41858
Bullfrog in the Classroom
by Paddy Bowman, Marsha B. Weiner
Curriculum guide that focuses on learning about children's songs and games collected by Byron Arnold in Alabama in 1947. It includes online audio clips, taken from a published 42-song CD, "Bullfrog Jumped: Children’s Folksongs from the Byron Arnold Collection," plus lesson plans and activities. The guide invites listeners of all ages to use the collection to teach young children old songs and games and to encourage the exploration and preservation of traditional childhood songs. The three Bullfrog Jumped lessons are aligned to the Alabama Course of Study and link to standards across the curriculum for Pre-K, and for grades K-5. Lessons are based on nine songs selected from the CD and include accompanying activities that can be used for library programs, family reunions, or other gatherings outside the classroom. In addition to the study guide, additional on-line materials about the folksong collection can be found on the Bullfrog Jumped site.
|Grade Level: Pre-Kindergarten; K-2; 3-5
||Curriculum: Music; Art and Culture
|Resource Type: Primary sources; Lesson plans; Audio recordings; Activities
|Subjects: Music; Children--Folklore; Folk songs; Games; Children's songs
Geographic locations: Alabama
Alabama Folklife Association
PO Box 4697
Montgomery AL 36103-4697
(334) 242-3601, ex. 234.