• Helpful Animals and Compassionate Humans in Folklore

    Created September 17, 2010
    Helpful Animals and Compassionate Humans in Folklore

    Through examining several examples of tales from around the world that focus on the relationship between people and animals, students will learn about humans living in cooperation with the land and sea and with the beasts that inhabit them. This lesson plan addresses various helpful animal tale types, such as animal nurses who rear great heroes after they have been abandoned as infants, and beasts that lend supernatural aid to humans.

  • Fairy Tales Around the World

    Created September 17, 2010
    Fairy Tales Around the World

    In this lesson plan, students read and learn to understand fairy tales in order to recognize their universal literary structures and themes. They compare similar fairy tales from different cultural and geographic regions of the world to see over-arching plots featuring conflicts between good and evil and imagery and motifs that are repeated across many cultures and time periods.

  • The Beauty of Anglo-Saxon Poetry: A Prelude to Beowulf

    Created September 7, 2010
    The Beauty of Anglo-Saxon Poetry: A Prelude to Beowulf

    After encountering visually stunning examples of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and engaging with the literary conventions of Anglo-Saxon poetry, students will be prepared to study Beowulf. Dispelling stereotypes about the so-called “dark ages,” this lesson helps students learn about the production of early manuscripts and the conventions of Anglo-Saxon poetry, solve online riddles, and write riddles of their own.

  • Launchpad: Mexican Holidays

    Created August 26, 2010

    Berlin Act—European powers partition Africa

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    Zora Neale Hurston, novelist and ethnographer, born

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