Folklife Resources for Educators
Materials Related to Labor unions
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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 Maine Song and Story Sampler
by Maine Folklife Center
Educational website with thirteen lesson plans plus activities for K-12 teachers that focuses on the folklore, social conditions, history, politics, economics, and cultural life of the state of Maine. Includes access to the Maine Song and Dance Sampler Map with links to audio recordings of stories and songs from the Maine Folklife Center's archival collections, searchable by people or place. The curriculum suggestions are correlated to Maine educational standards for Social Studies.
|Grade Level: K-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12
||Curriculum: Language Arts; History and Social Studies; Geography; Art and Culture
|Resource Type: Lesson plans; Activities; Audio recordings
|Subjects: Maine--Social life and customs; Folklore; Oral history; Oral tradition; History; Social history; Social justice; Songs; Tales; Occupations--Folklore; Fishing; Labor unions; Labor history; Civics
Geographic locations: Maine
Maine Folklife Center
5773 South Stevens, Room 112B
Orono ME 04469-5773
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469
Pilebutts: Working Under the Hammer – Study Guide
by Maria Hetherton
Study guide for middle and high school students to accompany the film “Pilebutts: Working Under the Hammer,” created by Maria Brooks and Archie Green in 2003. The 28-minute film, available as streaming video on folkstreams.net, features the camaraderie and tough, risk-laden work of men and women of Oakland, California’s Pile Drivers Local Union Number 34, who drive the pilings for structures such as bridges, docks, freeways, and skyscrapers in the San Francisco Bay Area. The guide can be integrated into social studies and language arts curricula and serves as an introduction for students to labor culture and history in its focus on an occupational community in the Bay Area.
|Grade Level: 6-8; 9-12
||Curriculum: Language Arts; History and Social Studies
|Resource Type: Primary sources; Lesson plans; Activities
|Subjects: Pile drivers; Hazardous occupations; Ethnographic films; Labor unions; Labor history; Educational films; Construction workers; Oakland (Calif.)--Social life and customs; San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)--Social life and customs
Geographic locations: California