Myth and storytelling in children’s literature

Purpose

By exploring how mythology and storytelling have influenced children’s literature, you will strengthen your understanding for how myth and storytelling have influenced the development of children’s literature.

Directions

  • Watch and listen to storyteller Diane Ferlatte as she tells the story “Brer Rabbit’s Dance (Links to an external site.)
    Minimize Video.”Observe how Ferlatte relates the tale through body language, repetitive ideas, expressions, tone, sounds, rhythms, and audience engagement. Take notes on how Ferlatte applies mythological and/or storytelling characteristics in her storytelling.
  • Watch and listen to the Native American Indian storyteller as he tells a Native American Tale about a Rabbit. (Links to an external site.)
    Minimize Video Observe how the storyteller relates the tales through body language, expressions, tones, sounds, images, and audience engagement. Take notes on how the storyteller applies mythological and/or storytelling characteristics in his storytelling.
  • Watch and listen to storyteller Rita Moreno as she reads the story “I Need a Monster. (Links to an external site.)” Observe how Moreno relates the tale through words, expressions, images and music.  Take notes on the mythological and/or storytelling characteristics in the story.
  • Write a 3 paragraph response to the three storytelling experiences, analyzing for mythological and storytelling qualities. (Note: A paragraph at the college level need to be 7-12 sentences in length and fully developed.) 

    Begin your first paragraph with a topic sentence that relates to how mythological qualities might be present in the stories, and then provide evidences from the stories and analysis of those evidences to support and prove that topic sentence. 

    Begin your second paragraph with a topic sentence that relates to how morals or lessons are communicated in the stories, and then provide evidences from the stories and analysis of those evidences to support and prove that topic sentence. 

    Begin your third paragraph with a topic sentence that relates to the types of human conflicts and relationships that are explored in the stories, and then provide evidences from the stories and analysis of those evidences to support and prove that topic sentence.

  • Post your 3 paragraph writing in this Discussion Board by copying and pasting it into the Submission window (some students can not open attachments).
  • You must also meaningfully and respectfully reply to two peer responses. In these replies, attempt to motivate the discussion with new and creative approaches.

Post your discussion:

  • Click the Reply button below to post your introduction in the discussion forum.
  • When finished, click the Post Reply button.
  • You can also find this discussion forum by clicking the Discussions link in Course Navigation.

Grading

Your post will be graded based on the Discussion Board RubricPreview the document. This assignment is worth a total of 30 points.PurposeBy exploring how mythology and storytelling have influenced children’s literature, you will strengthen your understanding for how myth and storytelling have influenced the development of children’s literature.

Directions

  • Watch and listen to storyteller Diane Ferlatte as she tells the story “Brer Rabbit’s Dance (Links to an external site.)
    Minimize Video.”Observe how Ferlatte relates the tale through body language, repetitive ideas, expressions, tone, sounds, rhythms, and audience engagement. Take notes on how Ferlatte applies mythological and/or storytelling characteristics in her storytelling.
  • Watch and listen to the Native American Indian storyteller as he tells a Native American Tale about a Rabbit. (Links to an external site.)
    Minimize Video Observe how the storyteller relates the tales through body language, expressions, tones, sounds, images, and audience engagement. Take notes on how the storyteller applies mythological and/or storytelling characteristics in his storytelling.
  • Watch and listen to storyteller Rita Moreno as she reads the story “I Need a Monster. (Links to an external site.)” Observe how Moreno relates the tale through words, expressions, images and music.  Take notes on the mythological and/or storytelling characteristics in the story.
  • Write a 3 paragraph response to the three storytelling experiences, analyzing for mythological and storytelling qualities. (Note: A paragraph at the college level need to be 7-12 sentences in length and fully developed.) 

    Begin your first paragraph with a topic sentence that relates to how mythological qualities might be present in the stories, and then provide evidences from the stories and analysis of those evidences to support and prove that topic sentence. 

    Begin your second paragraph with a topic sentence that relates to how morals or lessons are communicated in the stories, and then provide evidences from the stories and analysis of those evidences to support and prove that topic sentence. 

    Begin your third paragraph with a topic sentence that relates to the types of human conflicts and relationships that are explored in the stories, and then provide evidences from the stories and analysis of those evidences to support and prove that topic sentence.

  • Post your 3 paragraph writing in this Discussion Board by copying and pasting it into the Submission window (some students can not open attachments).
  • You must also meaningfully and respectfully reply to two peer responses. In these replies, attempt to motivate the discussion with new and creative approaches.

Post your discussion:

  • Click the Reply button below to post your introduction in the discussion forum.
  • When finished, click the Post Reply button.
  • You can also find this discussion forum by clicking the Discussions link in Course Navigation.

Grading

Your post will be graded based on the Discussion Board RubricPreview the document. This assignment is worth a total of 30 points.

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