Folklife Resources for Educators
Materials Related to Older people
There are 3 titles in this list.
The Grand Generation: Interviewing Guide & Questionnaire
by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES)
Educational website designed as a guide for collecting folklore and oral history from older tradition-bearers. It features a general guide to conducting interviews and a sample list of questions which may be adapted to specific needs and circumstances. The site also includes some examples of ways to preserve and present your findings and a selection of further readings. The site was produced to accompany the exhibition, "The Grand Generation: Memory, Mastery, Legacy," organized by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and SITES, but can easily serve in a stand-alone capacity to instruct students in grades 3 through college in the documentation of family folklore and oral history collected from elders.
|Grade Level: 3-5; 6-8; 9-12; Undergraduate
||Curriculum: Language Arts; History and Social Studies; Art and Culture
|Resource Type: Activities
|Subjects: Interviewing; Inquiry-based learning; Folklore--Fieldwork; Family--Folklore; Family--History; Older people; Oral history
Geographic locations: [No specific location]
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES)
470 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Suite 7103
Washington DC 20024
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
600 Maryland Avenue, S.W. Suite 2001
Washington DC 20024
Grand Generation Discussion Guide
by Paddy Bowman
Discussion guide for grades 10-12 to accompany the film “The Grand Generation,” created by filmmakers Marjorie Hunt, Paul Wagner, and Steve Zeitlin in 1993. The 28-minute film, available as streaming video on folkstreams.net, is a portrait of six older Americans from Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Washington, D.C., New Mexico, and Tennessee, each with their roots in a unique cultural heritage and their own distinctive perspectives on the nature of aging. The discussion guide and film consider the issues of creative aging, diversity, race relations, gender roles, hard times and resilience, creativity, the cycle of life, and technological change in the lives of the featured elders.
|Grade Level: 9-12; Undergraduate
||Curriculum: Music; Language Arts; History and Social Studies; Art and Culture
|Resource Type: Lesson plans; Primary sources; Video recordings
|Subjects: Labor unions; Race relations; Aging; Folk art; Old age; Folklore; Older people; Educational films; Ethnographic films; Oral history; Older artists; Gender role
Geographic locations: Washington (D.C.); Tennessee; New York (N.Y.); New Mexico; Mississippi; Maryland
Red Alexander: Shipwright and Folk Artist - Study Guide
by Maria Hetherton
Study guide for middle and high school students to accompany the film “Red Alexander: Shipwright and Folk Artist,” created by Archie Green and Chris Simon in 1998. The 25-minute film, available as streaming video on folkstreams.net, focuses on the life and craft of a retired shipwright whose exquisite models of working ships mirror his fifty-year career building ships on the Oakland Estuary in California. The guide can be integrated into social studies and language arts curricula and serves as an introduction for students to labor culture and history in its focus on an occupational community in the Bay Area.
|Grade Level: 6-8; 9-12
||Curriculum: Art and Culture; History and Social Studies; Language Arts
|Resource Type: Activities; Primary sources; Lesson plans; Video recordings
|Subjects: Ethnographic films; Ship models; Artisans; Folk artists; Labor history; Educational films; Occupations--Folklore; Older people; Oakland (Calif.)--Social life and customs; Oral history; Maritime culture; Shipwrights; Shipbuilding
Geographic locations: California