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Common Threads: Festivals of Folklore and Literature for Schools and Libraries
     

Common Threads: Festivals of Folklore and Literature for Schools and Libraries

by Alan Heath
 

New in paperback! Turn the library into a center for active and fun-filled discovery! Heath shows how to use thematic festivals to incorporate the exploration of literature into cooperative learning activities. Each of the book's nine chapters describes a different festival, complete with arts, crafts, music and storytelling—activities that will increase

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New in paperback! Turn the library into a center for active and fun-filled discovery! Heath shows how to use thematic festivals to incorporate the exploration of literature into cooperative learning activities. Each of the book's nine chapters describes a different festival, complete with arts, crafts, music and storytelling—activities that will increase students' awareness of other cultures (Shaker, Native American, and Caribbean, to name a few). Features literature-based projects, craft projects using recyclable materials, delectable recipes to enliven literary education, novel decorating ideas to enhance the ambience of classroom or library, attention-grabbing displays, and much more. Illustrated. Cloth edition [0-8108-3036-1] previously published in 1996. Paperback edition available May 2002.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Media Quarterly
...this book will assist in planning educational experiences.
Lynda Stewart
...A well researched, inspirational book. Mr. Heath's experience and credentials are impeccable...
VOYA - Beverly B. Youree
This is a companion volume to the author's Windows on the World: Multicultural Festivals for Schools and Libraries (Scarecrow, 1995). The author presents nine festivals that appear more applicable to elementary schools and public libraries than to secondary schools, although some middle schools could find these useful. The festivals are about storytelling and folklore, a small-town heritage festival, a Shaker festival, the zodiac, Valentine's Day, teddy bears, puppets and literature, children's book art, and rivers. Each chapter includes a bookmark that can be photocopied and utilized, decorations, art and craft activities, an edible treat to prepare, and a list of books that go along with the festival. In addition, there are reading-related activities and four play scripts to perform. One drawback is that while the festivals appear to be for students through grade eight, the books in the bibliographies do not contain reading levels. Many of these books would appeal to secondary students. One of the festivals-a small-town heritage-while unique to Tennessee, could be adapted for other states. Directions for the recipes and crafts are clear and easy to follow. The photograph of students preparing items for the festival uses sixth graders, while the photograph with the storytelling festival appears to show slightly older students. The few other photographs show displays or items that could be found in a display. Most illustrations consist of directions for arts and crafts projects. The festivals also include music and songs which could be performed. Definitely more useful for elementary schools and public libraries. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810841574
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
389
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Lynda Stewart
...A well researched, inspirational book. Mr. Heath's experience and credentials are impeccable...

Meet the Author

Alan Heath teaches in the integrated humanities program in the middle school of the American School in London. He is a book review editor of the International Schools Journal and serves on the Education Committee of the British Museum.

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