Sunday, July 23, 2017

Project Ideas Index

Here's a list of the Project Idea posts:
  1. Creation Stories
  2. Weather Gods
  3. Animals
  4. Animals of Aesop's Fables
  5. Legendary Animals
  6. Dragons
  7. Legendary Creatures of Greek Myth
  8. Mermaids
  9. Changelings
  10. The Devil
  11. Gods and Goddesses of Olympus
  12. The Greek Titans
  13. Greek Heroes
  14. Greek Heroines
  15. Heracles / Hercules
  16. The Greek Underworld
  17. The Odyssey
  18. Beowulf
  19. Robin Hood
  20. Pirates
  21. Women Pirates
  22. King Arthur
  23. The Women of Camelot
  24. Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales
  25. Dante's Inferno
  26. Queen Margaret's Heptameron
  27. Nursery Rhymes
  28. Alice in Wonderland
  29. Brothers Grimm
  30. Hans Christian Andersen
  31. Charles Perrault
  32. Madame D'Aulnoy
  33. Siegfried
  34. The Kalevala
  35. Gods and Goddesses of Japan
  36. Japanese Fairy Tales
  37. Cherokee Stories
  38. Creek Stories
  39. Stories about Food
  40. Cookbook




Project Idea: The Kalevala

The Kalevala is the epic poem of Finland, full of dramatic characters and supernatural events.

Research Tip: You can get some background at Wikipedia, and then learn more at the Kalevala unit here at the UnTextbook. Then, there are books you can find online: Kalevala, The Land of the Heroes translated by W. F. Kirby; The Kalevala: The Epic Poem of Finland translated by John Martin Crawford; The Hero of Esthonia by W. F. Kirby; The Sampo, A Wonder Tale of the Old North by James Baldwin, and Finnish Legends for English Children by R. Eivind.

Some Past Projects:

The Kalevala, as Interpreted by Dr. Seuss


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Project Idea: Stories from the Heptameron

The Heptameron is a collection of stories from the sixteenth century — something like Renaissance urban legends — by Margaret, Queen of Navarre.

Research Tip: You can read more about Margaret at Wikipedia, and you can find out more at the Heptameron unit here at the UnTextbook. There is a nice presentation of all the stories in the Heptameron at the Celebration of Women Writers, and you can find the book online: The Heptameron of Margaret, Queen of Navarre, translated by Walter K. Kelly.

Some Past Projects:

Maggie's Heptameron


Project Idea: Changelings

The legend of the "changeling" is that the fairies (or perhaps the Devil) would steal a newborn human baby and replace it with a fairy baby, and that fairy baby would be abnormal in some way. In order to compel the fairies to return the real baby, people would sometimes abandon the supposed changeling baby outdoors, based on the assumption that the screams of the baby would get the attention of the fairies and compel them to take back their baby and return the human child.

Research Tip: You can start with the Changeling article at Wikipedia, and then you can read this excellent essay by Dan Ashliman: Changeling Legends. He has also collected many changeling legends at his website: Changelings from the British IslesGerman Changeling Legends, and Scandinavian Changeling Legends.

Some Past Projects:


Project Idea: The Devil

You may be surprised to see the many European legends about the Devil as a trickster... and sometimes the trickster is tricked!

Research Tip: You can find lots of possible stories in this collection: Devil Stories. You can search the Freebookapalooza for the word "devil" in story titles also.