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Language Arts

Telling Tales

Appalachian, African, and Native American stories told by master storytellers
Grade Levels:
15 minutes
Taping Rights:
MARC Record:
Teaching Materials:
See Below
Program Schedule and Streaming Links:
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This KET-produced series features Appalachian, African-American, and Native American stories told by master storytellers.

Program of Studies:
Reading: Forming a Foundation, Interpreting Text, Developing an Initial Understanding, Reflecting and Responding to Text, Demonstrating a Critical Stance
Arts and Humanties: Humanity in the Arts
Speaking, Listening, and Observing

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2012/13 KETKY Program Schedule

101. Hardy Hard Head
A "Jack tale" in which Jack bets with a witch, told by Appalachian storyteller Anndrena Belcher.
102. The Two Gals
A story about a good sister and a bad sister, told by Appalachian storyteller Anndrena Belcher.
103. The Buzzard and the Monkey
An African-American tale, told by John O'Neal, in which the buzzard learns a lesson.
104. The Possum and the Snake
A traditional African-American story about character and deception, told by John O'Neal.
105. Jack and the Giants
A "Jack tale" which pits Jack against four giants, told by Appalachian storytellers Rich Kirby and Tom Bledsoe.
106. Soap/Cat and Rat
The tale of a forgetful little boy and how forgetfulness gets him into trouble and a story of how the rat lost his tail and got it back again, both told by Appalachian storytellers Tom Bledsoe and Rich Kirby.
107. Little Deer and Mother Earth
A Cherokee tale with an environmental message, told by Marilou Awiakta.
108. Rising Fawn and the Fire Mystery
A tale about cultural identity from Choctaw history, told by Native American storyteller Marilou Awiakta.
109. The Parable of the Eagle
A version of the African fable about how the eagle learned to fly told by Mama Yaa (Louisville storyteller Gloria Bivens).
110. Anansi's Rescue from the River
A story about Anansi, the trickster hero of Ashanti Land on the west coast of Africa, told by Mama Yaa (Louisville storyteller Gloria Bivens).
111. Wicked John
The story of a really mean man, told by Appalachian storytellers and musicians Tom Bledsoe, Rich Kirby, and Joy D'Elia.
112. Jack and the Magic Mill
A cautionary tale about greed, told by Appalachian storytellers and musicians Tom Bledsoe, Rich Kirby, and Joy D'Elia.
113. Ashpet
A mountain version of the Cinderella story, told by Appalachian storyteller Anndrena Belcher.
114. Mutsmag
The story of a humble gift and a brave little girl, told by Appalachian storyteller Anndrena Belcher.
115. Balaam Foster's Fiddle/The Banjo and the Loom
A tale about a pact with the devil, plus a poem, told by Appalachian storyteller Anndrena Belcher.
116. Passing It On
A documentary about the storytelling tradition with Appalachian folklorist Anndrena Belcher.

These videos are also available on KET EncycloMedia.

The schedule listed here includes only airings on the KETKY channel. See the complete Telling Tales broadcast schedule for airings on all KET channels.

Teaching Materials

KET Duplication Services
(800) 945-9167
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Part I: Pages 1-42; PDF format.
KET Online
Part II: Pages 43-84; PDF format.
KET Online

Kentucky Academic Expectations

This program relates to the following Kentucky Academic Expectations.

Kentucky schools may tape and retain programs according to the rights listed above. For further information, contact the KET Education Division.

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