Folklife Resources for Educators
Materials Related to Washington (D.C.)
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Grand Generation Discussion Guide
by Paddy Bowman
Discussion guide for grades 10-12 to accompany the film “The Grand Generation,” created by filmmakers Marjorie Hunt, Paul Wagner, and Steve Zeitlin in 1993. The 28-minute film, available as streaming video on folkstreams.net, is a portrait of six older Americans from Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Washington, D.C., New Mexico, and Tennessee, each with their roots in a unique cultural heritage and their own distinctive perspectives on the nature of aging. The discussion guide and film consider the issues of creative aging, diversity, race relations, gender roles, hard times and resilience, creativity, the cycle of life, and technological change in the lives of the featured elders.
|Grade Level: 9-12; Undergraduate
||Curriculum: Music; Language Arts; History and Social Studies; Art and Culture
|Resource Type: Lesson plans; Primary sources; Video recordings
|Subjects: Labor unions; Race relations; Aging; Folk art; Old age; Folklore; Older people; Educational films; Ethnographic films; Oral history; Older artists; Gender role
Geographic locations: Washington (D.C.); Tennessee; New York (N.Y.); New Mexico; Mississippi; Maryland
The Music District - Teaching Guide
by Paddy Bowman
Teaching guide to accompany an excerpt of the film “The Music District,” created by filmmaker Susan Levitas in 1996. Nine minutes of the 56-minute film are chosen as a focus for the teaching guide. This excerpt profiles the "Junk Yard Band," a Go-Go group who explain and perform a pop music genre popular among African American youth in Washington, D.C. As Go-Go bands became popular in D.C. clubs and communities in the 1980s and 1990s, young people started break dancing contests and developed a distinctive musical style combining call-and-response lyrics with funk, jazz, rhythm and blues, and popular music. The discussion guide and film explore the topics of African American popular music and dance found in a vibrant urban youth culture noted for its creativity and improvisation. The entire film is also available as streaming video on folkstreams.net.
|Grade Level: 9-12
||Curriculum: Art and Culture; History and Social Studies; Performing Arts; Music; Language Arts
|Resource Type: Lesson plans; Video recordings; Primary sources; Activities
|Subjects: Community life; Ethnic neighborhoods; Dance; Break dancing; Rap (Music); Washington (D.C.)--Social life and customs; Educational films; Urban folklore; Popular music; African American youth; Music; Ethnographic films; Go-go (Music)
Geographic locations: Washington (D.C.)