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Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 10, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 10, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Maine’s diverse geography has created a diverse folkloric tradition. Students should be able to identify characteristics of Maine regional diversity in its folklore.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 09, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 09, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Maine’s physical environment is comprised of diverse regions, micro-climes and landforms. This diversity is reflected in various economic, social and cultural developments across the region.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 08, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 08, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Citizens participate in markets in formal and informal ways. Public commercial transactions and private economic exchanges have historically been important to Maine’s economic viability. Students should be aware of the diversity of economic activity in Maine.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 07, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 07, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Maine’s economy has historically been based upon resource extraction and use. Furthermore, Maine’s has historically contained only a very small middle class. Most Mainers could reasonably be described as working class while a small population of upper class elites (known variously as Great Proprietors, owners or sports) has provided structure and capital to Maine industry.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 06, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 06, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Political events can impact citizens across borders and through time. Folklore is powerful because it provides a vehicle for cross-cultural connections.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 05, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 05, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Citizens participate in government, exercise their rights and fulfill their responsibilities in formal and informal ways. The history of citizen governance in Maine is robust. Maine’s people have articulated the republican virtues of local governance, citizen advocacy and educated participation for nearly two centuries. Maine’s democratic tradition spans generations and has crossed regional and class boundaries. In this exercise students will have the opportunity to learn how citizens in Maine’s working class communities have seized the opportunity to make change and fulfilled their obligations as community leaders.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 04, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 04, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Citizens participate in government, exercise their rights and fulfill their responsibilities in formal and informal ways. An important part of civics education is the study of citizens’ motivations and the types of expressions these motives have given rise to in public discourse. The Maine folklore tradition celebrates the various ways that Maine citizens, particularly Maine’s poor and working-class population, have made their voices heard in the public forum.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 12, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 12, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Students are the historical actors of the future. Their actions, attitudes and artifacts are the stuff future historians will collect and analyze in order to understand our time. Although we may not consider our lives “historic” to historians of the future they may be. Likewise, the actions, attitudes and artifacts collected in the Maine Song and Story Sampler may not have been considered historic by their creators, but are worthy of our consideration today. In this exercise students will have the opportunity to analyze one artifact from the MS&SS website from the perspective of a professional archivist to determine ...


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 11, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 11, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Historical analysis is an essential component of folklore studies. Folklore is best understood in historical context. Furthermore, the process of change and evolution – central to the development of folksongs and stories – can only be assessed in light of other social/cultural changes.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 13, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 13, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

The study of folklore is a useful pedagogical tool across the Social Studies. As students develop skills and expertise in historical methods, civics, economics, geography and history they can draw upon Maine’s rich folk tradition to illustrate social phenomena. The Maine Song and Story Sampler has been designed to allow citizens access to Maine’s rich folk tradition.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 03, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 03, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Students are social actors. As young citizens they can make their voices heard and promote ideas, causes and issues they hold dear. In this exercise students will have the opportunity to see how historic and imaginary characters have promoted their ideals (or the ideals ascribed to them).


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 02, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 02, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Citizens participate in government, exercise their rights and fulfill their responsibilities in formal and informal ways. The history of citizen governance in Maine is robust. Maine’s people have articulated the republican virtues of local governance, citizen advocacy and educated participation for nearly two centuries. Maine’s democratic tradition spans generations and has crossed regional and class boundaries. In this exercise students will have the opportunity to learn how citizens in Maine’s working class communities have seized the opportunity to make change and fulfilled their obligations as community leaders.


Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 01, Geoff Wingard Jan 2012

Msss Curriculum Connection Series - Lesson Number: 01, Geoff Wingard

Maine Song and Story Sampler: Curriculum Connections Series

Contemporary social issues are not divorced from the past and arise from specific historical, economic and cultural conditions. In this exercise students will have the opportunity to develop a position on an issue of current concern in their community with an understanding of its cultural context and relevance.


The Little Mohea, Harvey Gurney Apr 1991

The Little Mohea, Harvey Gurney

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"The Little Mohea," also known by many other names and spellings, is an old song that likely developed from an older English broadside song known as "The Indian Lass." Most folklorists agree that "Mohea" probably developed in its American form among sailors, and some even point to whaling ships specifically.


Bye-Bye Longjohns, Jim Cahill, Dot Ruppell Jan 1991

Bye-Bye Longjohns, Jim Cahill, Dot Ruppell

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"Bye-Bye Longjohns" is a musical representation of how most Mainers feel by the time March rolls around. For some, this feeling comes even earlier. The song was written in western Maine over the course of the late twentieth century.


The Spring Of ‘65, Eddie Rollins Jan 1991

The Spring Of ‘65, Eddie Rollins

Maine Song and Story Sampler

In the old days of the Maine Lumberwoods, March and April marked the end of cutting and hauling lumber for the winter. As loggers came out of the woods, either before returning for the river drives or just headed home until next Winter, many made their way to cities and went on drunken sprees that became legendary.


Krakoviak, John Supruniuk Jan 1991

Krakoviak, John Supruniuk

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"Krakoviak" is a tune named after a style of dance that originated in the area around Kraków in southern Poland (there the dance is called krakowiak). The tune heard here is one of many variants of the song to which the dance is performed.


Jag Har En Vän (I Have A Friend), Chester Ringdahl Jan 1990

Jag Har En Vän (I Have A Friend), Chester Ringdahl

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"Jag har en van" is an old Swedish pietistic hymn, with words and music written by Nils Frykman in 1895. Swedish hymn writer Nils Frykman was part of the Swedish Free Church movement in old Sweden during the second half of the 19th century.


Raatikko, Walfred Hamari Jan 1988

Raatikko, Walfred Hamari

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"Raatikko" is a traditional Finnish song and dance. The song tells of a mountain in southern Finland, Kyöpelinvuori, which is known in Finnish mythology as the place haunted by the spirits of virgins who die young.


Youpe! Youpe! Sur La Riviere!, Mr. And Mrs. Lawrence Parent Jan 1980

Youpe! Youpe! Sur La Riviere!, Mr. And Mrs. Lawrence Parent

Maine Song and Story Sampler

A home-made song from Quebec, Youpe! came to Maine the same way many other songs traveled through Maine and the eastern Canadian provinces: with lumbermen who crossed the border in both directions. It was especially popular among French-Canadian lumberjacks who adapted to their own use an earlier song called "Le p'tit bois d'lail."


Green Corn Dance, Teresa Sappier Jan 1976

Green Corn Dance, Teresa Sappier

Maine Song and Story Sampler

The "Green Corn Dance" (or simply "Corn Dance") is a Penobscot song and dance tradition based on the legend of the first mother that tells of the origin of important horticultural plants. Briefly, the legend tells how first mother was sad because there was no food for her children.


The Wabassus Cannonball, George Macarthur Oct 1969

The Wabassus Cannonball, George Macarthur

Maine Song and Story Sampler

George MacArthur's song, "The Wabassus Cannonball," is a musical parody of the well-known American folk song "The Wabash Cannonball." The original song is about a fictional train and MacArthur's tune tells the story of how he and a friend, fellow guide Hazen Bagley, outsmarted two wardens and a judge to avoid a conviction for poaching.


The Irish Patriot, Dale Potter Apr 1969

The Irish Patriot, Dale Potter

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"The Irish Patriot" is a mysterious song. Judging by the title alone, one would guess it is of Irish origin, and after listening, the story told in the ballad would seem to confirm this suspicion. However, the song has only ever been collected in Maine, where it was likely a popular song among woodsmen, and the Maritime provinces of Canada.


The Picnic At Groshaut, Art Cahill Apr 1968

The Picnic At Groshaut, Art Cahill

Maine Song and Story Sampler

In Drive Dull Care Away: Folksongs from Prince Edward Island, Sandy Ives wrote, "This is one of those local songs you have to know something about ahead of time before it makes much sense, and the singing of it will almost always lead to comment on what really happened."


The Champion Of Moose Hill, Raymond Mace Jan 1968

The Champion Of Moose Hill, Raymond Mace

Maine Song and Story Sampler

“The Champion of Moose Hill” tells the true, comic story of a dance gone awry for one poor, inebriated soul.


The Banks Of Newfoundland, Mabel Worcester Jul 1967

The Banks Of Newfoundland, Mabel Worcester

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"The Banks of Newfoundland" is the title of at least six different songs. These are not variations on a single tune, but entirely different songs with different airs and lyrics. All share a common theme - the dangers of fishing or sailing off the coast of Newfoundland - but none are very similar.


Young Charlotte (Or Fair Charlotte), Ernest Lord Aug 1966

Young Charlotte (Or Fair Charlotte), Ernest Lord

Maine Song and Story Sampler

Young Charlotte is an old ballad native to North America. It has been a popular ballad all over North America from Newfoundland to South Dakota, and widely studied. It was so popular, in fact, that it inspired a doll called Frozen Charlotte.


The Blackwater Side, Bill Cramp Mar 1966

The Blackwater Side, Bill Cramp

Maine Song and Story Sampler

"The Blackwater Side" is one of many songs that came to Maine from the British Tradition. It is, as Bill Cramp called it, a "long love song." This ballad is one in a series of songs that consist of true lovers' discussions, but none are any more good humored than "The Blackwater Side."


The Depot Camp, Bill Cramp Mar 1966

The Depot Camp, Bill Cramp

Maine Song and Story Sampler

The song, written by James O’Hara, a woodsman from Maine, described the lumbering operation owned and operated by James McNulty of Bangor, Maine.


The Soldier’S Letter, Joseph Pagett Oct 1965

The Soldier’S Letter, Joseph Pagett

Maine Song and Story Sampler

“The Soldier’s Letter” was one of several songs from the American Civil War that became popular in Canada.