This week, 3rd and 4th graders had the opportunity to increase their global awareness by performing folk tales from a variety of countries. Led by the talented Heidi Abbott, students explored geography, language, and character development, by comparing and contrasting Trickster tales and Cinderella stories.
Students played a range of roles including “translator,” “storyteller,” “expert,” and “navigator.” Some of the main countries represented in this dramatic journey were Mexico, Germany, Egypt, Norway, Turkey, and Liberia. With each new location, students shared vocabulary and images from those parts of the globe.
There are over 350 different versions of the Cinderella story and Trickster folktales appear in a myriad of cultures and contexts. Through this experience, Hamlin girls participated in the human commonality that links narratives, while learning about the subtle details that make each tale unique. Students were able delve into world culture in an exciting and fun way by witnessing how religion, values, and geography inform these stories.
Special thanks to Hamlin Alumna, Ali Meneghetti for all of her help.
For more information about the play please visit: https://www.pioneerdrama.com/SearchDetail.asp?pc=FOLKTALESF