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The sagas today

Posted by: | April 10, 2016 | No Comment |

The Norse sagas are relevant today. These written descriptions of Norse traditions tell about traditions, major events, and tales of exploration that allow scholars, or any history buff, to learn about what life was like for the Norse community. Today, these sagas have been read and studied by many people, which has resulted with books, shows, […]

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He said, she said

Posted by: | April 4, 2016 | No Comment |

Everyone tells stories. Whether we are telling a friend about what we saw on our morning commute or sharing an old family story that is passed down through the generations we all take part in storytelling. By definition storytelling is “the telling or writing of stories;” and the definition of a story is “a narrative, either […]

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Soup’s en pointe

Posted by: | March 29, 2016 | 1 Comment |

Marie Taglioni is known as being one of the most influential ballerinas in history. Her astounding talent and graceful dancing set her apart from most other dancers of her time. Taglioni’s debut was the brilliant La Sulphide which was made with her in mind, at least the Italian version did. Taglioni danced during the romantic era of the […]

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Learning through technology

Posted by: | March 27, 2016 | No Comment |

Media literacy dramatically increased with the increase of  technology. The education systems in America, as well as other countries, use technology to increase the media literacy of their students. There are many lessons being taught that focus on learning how to use technology and teaching students how to analyze and break down different forms of […]

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Storytelling is often seen as being only sharing folktales and entertainment. This, however, is not true. Stories are important to understanding history. Oral histories are an important way of collecting research from people that do not have a written history. Whether it is Africa American slaves sharing their stories with lawyers, such as Nat Turner‘s confessions, or […]

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Vikings and Vinland

Posted by: | March 17, 2016 | No Comment |

Christopher Columbus was not the first explorer to discover North America. Let’s get that important tidbit of information out of the way. There is a lot of debate surrounding the issue of who “discovered” America; and it is a argument to have another day. There is something, however, that can and will be explored today and that is […]

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Media: how we want it

Posted by: | February 28, 2016 | No Comment |

The media shows the public what we want to see. Journalists don’t waste their time writing articles and features about the average person doing an average thing. That isn’t entertaining. The usual, weird, and outlandish is what the public want to hear about. In Mitchell Stephens’ book A History of News there is a whole chapter (chapter 8) devoted […]

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Sharing folklore

Posted by: | February 22, 2016 | No Comment |

Storytelling is a primary way that folklore is is passed from person to person. Whether it’s a family legend that a grandmother tells her grandkids or a myth shared at an event, such as a powwow, to share a culture stories are important to the folklife of all people. Stories teach lessons, share information, and […]

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Literacy vs. media literacy

Posted by: | February 14, 2016 | No Comment |

Literacy is the ability to read and comprehend. This is a well known concept. We talk about it in class, online, in the newsroom, in politics, and in education. But what is media literacy? Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Today it’s easy for people to be media literate… […]

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Martin Luther was the great mind behind the start of the protestant reformation, even if he did not want the position. Luther’s time in the church (that being the Catholic church) was wrought with depression, abuse, and constant questioning of the church’s motives that all contributed to his separation from and attack against the Catholic church. The […]

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So many sagas!

Posted by: | January 31, 2016 | No Comment |

  Sagas were created around the 11th century in the Icelandic region. The vikings used sagas to record their history, folklore, and fictions. Some sagas are filled with legends while others contain stories about the travels of vikings such as Leif Eriksson. “The Sagas of the Greenlanders” and the “Erik the Red’s Saga,” written around […]

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