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Row Upon Row: Sea Grass Baskets of the South Carolina Lowcountry"

This educator guide introduces K-12 students to the sea grass basketmaking tradition of the South Carolina lowcountry. The guide includes background materials, glossary, and lesson plans. The three units correspond with elementary, middle, and high school levels and feature materials useful for various classes in social studies, art, language arts, and South Carolina history.

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  • Row Upon Row - PDF - Print Version (Roughly 100 pages in length)
  • Row Upon Row - By Section
    • Cover
    • Acknowledgements
    • Introduction (Includes Bibliography)
    • Row Upon Row BSAP Correlations, Unit One and Unit One, Plan B
    • Row Upon Row BSAP Correlations Unit Two and Unit Three
    • Evaluation for Row Upon Row Educator's Kit
    • Glossary
    • Resource Material
    • Photo Set
    • Unit One
      • Lesson I: Tradition, Folk Groups and Folk Art - Includes topics listed below:
        • Discussion Guide: Traditions
        • Activity Guide: Family Traditions
        • Activity Sheet: Family Traditions
        • Discussion Guide: Folk Groups
        • Activity Guide: Folk Groups
        • Activity Sheet: Who Am I?
        • Discussion Guide: Folk Art
        • Activity Guide: Folk Art
      • Lesson II: Tradition, Folk Groups and Folk Art in a Basketmaker's Life - Includes topics listed below:
        • The Sea Grass Tradition by Latrelle Snype
        • Discussion Guide: The Sea Grass Tradition
        • Activity Guide: You Are the Artist
      • Lesson III: Focus on Baskets - Includes topics listed below:
        • Activity Guide: Braiding, Coiling and Sewing and Weaving
        • Sea Grass Trivet
        • Activity Guide: Braiding, Coiling and Swing, and Weaving
        • Discussion Guide: Braiding, Coiling and Sewing and Weaving
        • Photos
        • Activity Guide
    • Unit Two
      • Lesson I: What Makes Your Corner of the World Special? - Includes topics listed below:
        • Activity Guide: what Makes Your Corner of the World Special?
        • Discussion Guide: What Makes Your Corner of the World Special?
        • Activity Guide: Collecting More Information
        • Field Work Interview Guide
        • Activity Guide: Putting It All Together
      • Lesson II: What Makes the Lowcountry of South Carolina Special? - Includes topics listed below:
        • Essay " The Sea Grass Basket Tradition"
        • Discussion Guide: What Makes the Lowcountry of South Carolina Special?
        • Sea Grass Trivet
        • Photo Set
        • Map Guide to the United States and South Carolina
        • Map Guide to Africa
        • Map Guide to the Rice Kingdom
        • Activity Guide: Outline of the Sea Grass Basket Tradition
      • Lesson III: If You Were In Charge - Includes topics listed below:
        • Activity Guide: The Lowcountry Basketmaking Tradition Today
        • Video: "Row Upon Row: Conversations with Sea Grass Basketmakers"
        • Activity Guide: If You Were In Charge
        • Optional Activity Guide: Town Meeting
    • Unit Three
      • Lesson I: From Cornrows to Sea Grass Baskets
        • Discussion Guide: Hairstyles and Heritage
        • Activity Guide: The Five W's of a Tradition: Hairstyles and Heritage
        • The teacher recruits a Master Hair Braider and Master Hair Sculptor and models. these can be selected from the student body. (Including a hair sculptor will insure the involvement of male students.)
        • Discussion Guide: African-American Hairstyles and Heritage
        • Selection from Cornrows by Camille Yarbrough (in Resource Material)
        • Activity Guide: The Five W's of a Tradition: African-American Hairstyles and Heritage
        • Sea Grass Trivet
        • Photo Set
        • Discussion Guide: Sea Grass Baskets and African-American Heritage
      • Lesson II: Preserving and Interpreting a Traditional Art Form
        • Discussion Guide: Introduction to "Row Upon Row: Conversations with Sea Grass Basketmakers"
        • Activity Guide: Conversations with Sea Grass Basketmakers
        • Videotape: "Row Upon Row: Conversations with Sea Grass Basketmakers"
        • "Lowcountry Baskets" by Karol K. DeWulf (in Resource Materials)
        • Activity Guide: Baskets and Aesthetic Decisions
        • Activity Guide: Preserving and Interpreting a Traditional Art Form
      • Lesson III: Creating and Preserving a Tradition
        • Discussion Guide: Creating and Preserving a Tradition
        • Activity Guide: Creating and Preserving a Tradition
          • Step One: Researching
          • Field Work Interview Guide
          • Step Two: Writing
          • Step Three: Illustrating
          • Step Four: Bookbinding and Printing
        • The teacher provides books about folk art and family traditions such as:
          • Cornrows by Camille Yarbrough
          • The Keeping Quilt, Uncle Vova's Tree, and Rachenka's Eggs by Patricia Polacco
          • The Patchwork Quilt by Verie Flournoy
          • The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
          • The Land I Lost by Huynh Quang Nhuong
          • The Winter Room by Gary Paulsen
          • Foxfire Journals
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