As classrooms, school hallways and homes across the country are decorated and buzzing in the spirit of Halloween (October 31st, 2012), what better time to reflect on the origins of the day and engage your students in storytelling and research as part of a global project while their motivation and excitement is dizzying?
Do you students know about the history of Halloween? Why masks and costumes were originally worn? Where the culture of trick-a-treating began?
While the tradition has evolved and become a festive day to enjoy dressing up in costume, socialising with your neighbours, playing tricks on friends and family, and indulging in sweet treats, the history and origin of Halloween, and what it means to them today can also be part of an educational, creative, and interdisciplinary classroom lesson.
For over seven years the Folk Tales project has invited classrooms from around the world to share stories and tales with one another. The project was recently revamped (couldn’t resist that one!) to include digital storytelling and encourage participating students to create their own stories using audio, visual and text media. Most recently, students from India, Kenya, South Korea and Pakistan have been posting their stories and images in the project forum. There’s a tale about Konggi and Potgi: a family saga, The Sky and the Old Woman, and the Wedding of Lord Vishnu, to name a few.
Halloween is an opportunity for your students to connect with and express their creativity, and while their stories may be inspired by Halloween initially, with this project they can participate throughout the year to develop their imagination, creative writing and digital storytelling skills by recalling stories from the past or creating new ones, and sharing them with their peers from around the world.
We’re excited to see what tales, stories and inspirations your students will draw upon!