Learning Activity 7

Three handouts

7-1: Old Wives’ Tales

Old wives' tales are perhaps as old as language itself. They're part of our oral tradition, originating long before pen and ink, books and movies, and certainly before the Internet. Footnote 5

Learners research some old wives’ tales on the Internet and decide whether each is true, false or a half truth. And they also give some information about how the old wives’ tale began. Instructions and an example are on the handout.

7-2: Myths/ Traditional Sayings in Your Community

Learners research and develop a book about myths or traditional sayings from their community. Each learner should come up with 3 – 5 myths or traditional sayings and write up information about them. Guidelines are on the handout. When everyone has completed this they can share their myths or traditional sayings with the class. Learners use these myths and traditional sayings to develop a book about their community. The book can be shared with teachers from the local school to use in their classroom.

7-3: Naming Practices

One of the myths in the text is about names. Cultures have many practices around naming children and how you use a name. People can have up to 10 – 15 names. Ask learners to research their name or write about their child’s name. Details are outlined on the handout.

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