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River Songs Project


Procedures for Participation

  1. Classes wishing to participate must register.
  2. Once accepted for the project, participating teachers are encouraged to review the online resources listed below to gain awareness of the vocabulary used and the themes involved:
    1. From http://members.aol.com/Mmcbs/music_frame.html specifically study:

      http://members.aol.com/americacruising/mississippi-lower.html (Music found on initial URL listed in 2a.)
      http://members.aol.com/americacruising/apalachicola-chattahoochee.html http://members.aol.com/americacruising/giww-east.html

    2. From the PBS and Smithsonian series, River of Song at http://www.pbs.org/riverofsong/music/, study the upper and lower Mississippi sections, in particular http://memphis.bcentral.com/memphis/stories/1998/09/21/story7.html, and from the National Park Service review the songs and story behind the singing park ranger at http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/nationalparks/intheparks/intheparks.html.
    3. At the Library of Congress's http://memory.loc.gov website, study the sheet music section. You can locate this section either from the index listing (to right side of the home page) or by searching on "river songs" using the search feature. Even though few of the selections can be directly related to rivers of the southeast, they provide insight into the spirit and emotions given to rivers.
  3. The class assignment is to study the websites provided along with any other appropriate electronic or print resources in order to submit at least one version of one of the projects listed below.
    1. a word processed file of a script for a tour guide to use in providing a river boat tour along the river to a group of tourists. The script should be for a 3-5 mile stretch of the river, to include an appropriate river song as well as events, stories, and/or information about the culture, history, and wildlife in the area and associated with the river. In addition, the script should distinguish which stories are fact and which are probably myth. Environmental and cultural issues that are important in the region and reflected in the selected music need to be included in the Tour Guide's script. (Word limit: at least 200 words)
    2. a desktop-published campaign pamphlet that addresses environmental, industrial, tourist and/or cultural elements for the region. The pamphlet will campaign for an issue by including data, stories or events of the region/river, and include verses from the river song to help persuade the audience of the writer's position. The pamphlet is to contain at least one jpeg file of the river or the need/problem and the words from a song about the river.
  4. You will be notified when your files are posted and ready for viewing.

How To Register
To register, send an e-mail to the Project Coordinator, Kevin Oliver, at . Please include the following information in you e-mail.

  • Teacher name
  • School name
  • School address
  • Grade level of participating class
  • E-mail address (preferably the teachers)
  • URL of your school's website (if applicable)
  • Geographical setting of your school (urban, rural, or suburban)

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