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Teaching materials available from the TAC Folklife Program
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5/1/2012 at 7:28:29 PM GMT
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Teaching materials available from the TAC Folklife Program

The Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) Folklife Program offers teachers guides that are downloadable at

"The Fisk Jubilee Singers:  Singing Our Song": A joint project of the TAC Arts Access and Folklife Programs, this publication contains lesson plans about African-American spirituals and the Tennessee vocal group that made them famous.  It was produced as part of the TAC’s 2007 American Masterpieces grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  The lesson plans were part of a teacher’s kit including an enhanced audio CD and specially-edited DVD, and lessons make use of content from these AV materials.  Some free copies of the full teacher’s kit are still available to Tennessee schools and teachers.  Other users of the lesson plans will be able to separately acquire a copy of the CD, The Fisk Jubilee Singers: In Bright Mansions (Curb D2-78762) for their use in the classroom.

"Tradition: Tennessee Lives and Legacies Teachers Guide," by Dana Everts-Boehm, was designed to accompany the exhibition of the same name touring Tennessee venues from 2010-2013.  Designed in two sections for grades 3-6 and 12, the guide prepares students to visit the exhibition through learning about a selection of six artists featured in the book and exhibit.  The lessons, accompanied by Tennessee state curriculum standards, are brought home to the students through a follow-up family heritage project.  Dean Dixon’s photographs are included in a DVD featuring images of all twenty-five artists and groups in the book and exhibition.

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