The House between Earth and Sky: Harvesting New American Folktales

Overview

Travel with storyteller and folklorist Joseph Daniel Sobol as he embarks on a journey of multicultural awareness and awakening. This book of multicultural and multilingual proverbs, beliefs, remedies, recipes and folktales collected by ESL students during a series of folklore and storytelling residencies at Chicago inner-city secondary schools. In this captivating teacher resource, Sobol chronicles his experiences in four Chicago schools as a visiting teacher and collector of multicultural folktales. With this ...

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Overview

Travel with storyteller and folklorist Joseph Daniel Sobol as he embarks on a journey of multicultural awareness and awakening. This book of multicultural and multilingual proverbs, beliefs, remedies, recipes and folktales collected by ESL students during a series of folklore and storytelling residencies at Chicago inner-city secondary schools. In this captivating teacher resource, Sobol chronicles his experiences in four Chicago schools as a visiting teacher and collector of multicultural folktales. With this resource you can expose your students to fables, wonder tales, and other ancient story genres, along with proverbs, remedies, recipes, and folktales from all over the world. Learn how to conduct your own classroom folktale residency by teaching the art of interviewing, gathering story elements, recording them in the original languages, and translating them into English. This sophisticated collection not only consists of marvelous accounts from far-away lands, it brings them to life in the classroom and encourages educators to incorporate similar resources in their own multicultural classrooms.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Sobol established residencies in Chicago public schools with a dual purpose: to help English language learners--immigrant students from across the globe--bridge cultural divides and to train these students in collecting and recording folk stories from their elders. He provides a thorough description of the process along with a collection of the stories gathered. A useful tool for tapping into the cultural experiences of students and/or establishing similar programs."

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Curriculum Connections/School Library Journal

"[S]obol chronicles his experiences in four schools, explains how to conduct a classroom folktale residency program, and shares a wide variety of folktales from around the world."

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American Libraries

"Librarians will find this body of folklore valuable even if they have no plans to replicate Sobol's program. Recommended."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591580805
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/3/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

JOSEPH DANIEL SOBOL is a professional storyteller, folklortist, and musician. With the support of the chicago Department of cultural Affairs, he created the Chicago TESOL Folklore Project.

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