THE TOMAQUAG MUSEUM, EXETER, RI:
The RI Tomaquag Museum has a rich array of programs for schools.
THE BIG READ – a 10 month extravaganza of events promoting Louise Erdrich’s “Love Medicine”, is a modern classic. ‘An eclectic range of comic and tragic voices narrate this powerful book about the enduring power of love. Erdrich leads the reader through the interwoven lives of generations of Kashpaws and Lamartines in North Dakota.’
“This program is sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Throughout the ten months, guest speakers highlight a different aspect of Native American life. Guest panelists range from educators from surrounding universities including Brown and Rhode Island College as well as traditional Indian speakers who lead rich discussions on indigenous life before and after European settlement. The BIG READ offers traditional music, oral histories, lectures, artwork, medicine practices, clothing, performances and cultural practices.
CURRICULUM STORYTELLING THROUGH FILM MAKING
Places, Memories, Stories & Dreams: The Gifts of Inspiration
Curriculum intended for grades 5-8 (middle school)
“The Storytelling through Film curriculum addresses various aspects of these standards through the unique lens of one of Rhode Island’s original, indigenous nations, the Narragansett. The curriculum embraces the power of oral history through storytelling. History is an account of human activities that is interpretive in nature. It is designed as a multimedia unit to accommodate diverse modes of learning through the inclusion of a variety of supportive resources. Film affords the integration of varied forms of the presentation of social, historic, and geographic content in the social studies curriculum.”
The Curriculum Guides are comprehensive, detailed and wonderful sources on the Narragansett tribe for teachers.
Roberta C. Stone is our Connecticut Project Archaeology Coordinator. Roberta taught social studies for twenty-four years. She landed her first job as a grade six teacher in Bridgeport, Connecticut – a challenging urban school district with many problems. After taking a hiatus to raise her three daughters, she returned to education teaching Geography, World History and American History in Weston, Connecticut. That assignment lasted sixteen years until her retirement in June of 2013. During that summer, she attended Project Archaeology’s Leadership Academy in Montana and later went to the Coordinators’ Conference in West Virginia. She has continued her commitment. She reviewed and edited the upcoming Student Idaho Reader for grade-level appropriateness.
Please contact Roberta if you are interested in having a teacher workshop at your school.