Folklife Resources for Educators
Materials Related to Shipbuilding
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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