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MERLOT II


    

Learning Exercise


Material: Cowboy Songs and Singers: Of Lifeways and Legends
Submitted by: Karen Roche on Nov 22, 2002
Date Last Modified: Nov 22, 2002
Title: Raise Questions - Reap a Discussion
Description: This website is the perfect ingredient for a good bag-of-tricks. Below are just a few possible questions that could elicit discussion or comparison reports in a multitude of disciplines.
Type of Task: Core activity, Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental activity, Teacher-centered, Team, Unsupervised
Time Required Variable
Topics: Evolution of American English,
Authenticate 19th century events,
Psychological consequences of isolated lifestyle
Course: History, English, Art, Linguistics, ESL, Social Science, Psychology etc.
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, High School, Middle School
Categories:
Learning Objectives: A closer examination of the beginnings, processes, consequences, and contributions of the period in history possessed by the American Cowboy.
Text of Learning Exercise: The wonderful material covered in this website offers opportunities for a
multitude of cross-curricular examinations. It is rich in authentic content
suitable for questions and discussions.
Some possible questions or topics in specific disciplines might include:
History: Correlate events from the Westward movement's lifestyles and challenges
to those described in the poetry.
Linguistics and English: These poems and songs are splattered with
Colloquialisms and slang characteristic of incipient American English. Possible
questions:
Are there any words or phrases depicted here that have endured or spawned
contemporary English?
What currently used words would you replace with these colloquialisms?
Psychology: The poems and songs offer intonations about the health and
psychological well being of the cowboy. Draw some conclusions from these
references.
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