September 22, 2009 Over the course of the past two weeks we have been studying archetypes and how they work in literature, television, and film. We are now going to take our knowledge of archetypes as they pertain to these mediums and apply it to one of the oldest forms of story-telling: folktales.
What are some common archetypes (patterns) found in folktales around the world?
How do archetypes serve as symbols for universal elements of the human experience?
What do a culture’s folktales reveal about the values of that culture?
To answer these questions, you will work in pairs. You will read 3 (or more) stories together, note important elements in the stories, and look for common patterns. You will interpret your reading to find information about the culture that created the folktales you read. After reading and responding to individual stories, you will work with your partner to create a final project in which you share your observations with the class.
You and your partner will have a degree of independence as you complete the work required for this unit. You will need to divide up individual responsibilities, check each other’s progress, and collaborate on a final project. Thus, it’s very important that you use your class time productively.
Suggested formats include: posters, PowerPoint presentations, a small book, a dramatization, a puppet show, a film, etc.
Present your final project to the class using the elements of a quality oral presentation.
Note: Although the intention is to give the same grade to everyone in the group, your teacher may make adjustments as needed if equal participation is not evident.