Welcome to Discovering Our Delta: A Learning Guide for Community Research. Originally developed for students and teachers in the Mississippi Delta, these materials were distributed to schools in that region. But we think you will find them equally useful in your area.
The 26-minute video (posted at right) features five middle-school students who discovered their own local culture through interviewing relatives or community members including a quilter, a catfish farmer, and a blues musician. We hope that this video will inspire other students to try this method of gathering information themselves.
Two guides are offered here as downloadable PDFs. One is oriented to teachers, and the other to students. Used separately or together, they perfectly accompany the video to jump-start your class’s oral history and folklore project.
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