Julia Raucci’s Myth Blog: Performance Task

Oh wow, what a creative and fun task to do!

I would be a Greek goddess (because i enjoyed learning about them so much in high school). My name would be Harmonia because I think it is beautiful and connects to music. This brings me to my next point, I would have the power to control music! I believe that music is a universal language between everyone in the world and I would use my power to bring everyone together and make everyone calm and happy. I got my power from listening to music for so long that it just became a part of me, haha.

This is a really fun assignment, something that we should consider teaching and assigning to our students one day! Great job, myth group!

Julia Raucci’s Myths Blog: Writing Task

I remember learning about the Greek gods and goddesses in high school! This brings back very fond memories for me. My literature class discussed all about what they looked like, the abstract ways in which they were brought into the world, and all of the powers they had and things they controlled. I certainly think this is an important subject to teach, as it gave me a deeper passion for literature, as I’m sure it did for some of my fellow classmates as well. Their stories were packed full of adventure, creativity, action, power, and strength. With the world we live in today, where reading is not nearly as popular as skimming and searching the web, or playing video games all day, myths bring the same type of vibe. Myths are full of adventure and action, just as these video games on the market are now. It is important to teach because, even if it only touches one student’s life, it will make a world of difference for that student and their appreciation for literature to pass down to future generations.

Julia Raucci’s Fables Blog: Reading Task

“Oh The Places We’ll Go With Fables” was a wonderful article to teach us about fables and what they mean. Fables can teach morals and values of specific cultures, but show us that all humans are similar through many ways.

In “Fables and Folklore: Stories That Teach Kids Lessons” we learned that animals or mythical creatures are usually our protagonist. This can be seen in fables such as “The Swan, The Pike, and The Crab” which is a Russian fable. This is not true, however, in fables such as “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”.

“The Boy Who Cried Wolf” as mentioned above, does not have an animal or mythical creature as its protagonist, it is a boy. The boy shouts there is a wolf when there isn’t and everyone runs over to save him. When there really is a wolf and he needs help, everyone thinks he is lying. This is the perfect fable to teach young children the importance of honesty.

The article “Why Are Folktales So Important?” teaches us that fables and folktales are generational, told to reinforce their cultures values. They help all children, whether a part of that culture or not, because they often teach morals and the right thing to do. All children, no matter what culture they are a part of, can benefit from learning the importance of teamwork or honesty.

Julia Raucci’s Fables Blog: Performance Task

The award winning fable that I will be discussing is the fable “The Swan, The Pike, and The Crab”.

-This fable teaches children the importance of teamwork, something that is a Russian value.

-We learn that human nature guides us to do what is best for us, like the swan trying to pull the cart up, but isn’t best for the other people involved. Fables teach us that there is a lesson, to communicate and work together to be able to move forward.

-This knowledge is applicable today because without teamwork, we will get no where. We can experience this first hand in our country right now. Our nation seems to be divided pretty intensely, and we have seen no extreme progress of moving forward because we are not working together. This fable perfectly depicts the situation we are in right now, thus relating Russian culture to American culture.

-The moral of the story, as stated above, is to work together. What I took away from the story is that everything isn’t all about you, as our characters once thought when they were attempting to pull the cart in the direction that suited them best. They got nowhere doing that.

-I would love to read this book aloud, then set up an activity. Put a heavy pile of books in front of a group of students and have them all pull in opposite directions, then have them all communicate and settle on one directions they will move to see the high success rate when meaning teamwork happens. I will then explain that this is a Russian fable and teach that that we have the same value here in America, and that fables can teach us that all people have similar things about them and can benefit and grow off of each other.

Julia Raucci’s Fables Blog: Writing Task

The article “oh The Places We’ll Go With Fables” was jam packed with numerous wonderful cultural fables. The fable that I will be discussing is “The Swan, The Pike, and The Crab” which, taught Russian values in a way that is understandable for non-Russian children as well. The fable is about three animals all trying to carry a cart in opposite directions. This causes them to get nowhere! This teaches children the importance of teamwork, communication, and understanding toward each other. Not only does this teach morals that we find valuable in America, but in Russia as well. We can compare and contrast what American culture is like versus Russian culture and tie it in with one comprehensive fable read-aloud.

A creative way to identify that characteristics of a fable in “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” could be a lesson about morals and tying it into the students life. Maybe think of a time when you weren’t telling the truth. What happened? How did it make you feel? How did it make those around you feel? Relate that to the fable. In this lesson, we will match up our own feelings with those of the fable to learn about morals and the importance of telling the truth. This could all be done as a read-aloud with class participation and discussion. We can then take what we learned from that fable and move onto others that may have a more complex meaning or lesson to be taught and compare those lessons to the ones we have already learned about. We can also move onto a fable that teaches lessons from other cultures that wed may not know much about, and compare and contrast our culture to theirs, just as we compared our own personal experience to “The Boy Who Cried Wolf. “

Julia Raucci’s Book Review #7: The Wonderful Things You Will Be

The Wonderful Things You Will Be is a wonderful book about uniqueness and unconditional love, a story that all children could learn a valuable and life changing lesson from.

The Wonderful Things You Will Be is an award winning children’s book that is written and illustrated by the incredibly talented Emily Winfield Martin. Martin’s story is all about love and being whoever you want to be in life. This is an incredibly important lesson to teach our students, and one that I hope adults follow and value as well. In a time like this, nothing but love and acceptance can fix and hold us together. We need to raise a generation of loving, empathetic, kind, and accepting individuals, and that can all start by reading them a story like this.

This book will also be a great stepping stone to poetry. This book has rhyming words at the end of every sentence, making the concept of rhyming in poetry more comfortable and understandable when the time comes to learn it.

I recommend this book for grades 2nd and 3rd, but, as previously stated, this is a valuable lesson for all children AND adults, and can be read aloud of reviewed by any other upper grades as a reminder to be kind and loving, as well as confident and unique.

Julia Raucci’s Book Review #6: You Are (Not) Small

You Are (Not) Small is a recent award winning children’s book,awarded in 2015. This book was after my time, but is a wonderful lesson that is teaching this generation, and many more to come, about talking things out and seeing problems from somebody else’s point of view.

This award winning children’s book is written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant. Kang, along with the pictures by Weyant, tell a story of two bears, one big and one small. They see each other as these things from their own point of view. From the small bears point of view, the other bear is big. From the bigger bears point of view, the other bear is small. Instead of trying to see the issue from each other’s point of view, the argue until someone even bigger and someone even smaller comes into the picture. They are then able to compromise, as they are both now on a common middle ground.

This is a wonderful book to teach our upcoming generations, as this is something that we should be practicing more and more everyday. We should practice rational discussion as well as empathy and understanding. What is big to you may not be big to someone else, what is wrong to you may be right for the next person. We do not argue over these disagreements, we must speak to each other and attempt to see it from another’s eyes in order to compromise.

Due to the short sentences and colorful pictures, I recommend this book for k-1st graders, but this is a valuable lesson to revisit in upper elementary grade levels as well.