|For Educators: The Ballad
Novels in the Classroom
If, as Pinero said, “The future is the past, entered through another gate,” then we have to learn our history. The Ballad Novels use timeless stories to present a compelling look at both the past and the present. Accurate in fact, with gripping characterizations, these books teach many of life’s lessons. Here are some resources for passing the lessons along.
Read details of Sharyn's biography.
2008 National Council of Teachers of English Conference
At left, Sharyn with Judy Byers from Fairmount University, West Virginia and Dr. Grace Toney Edwards from Radford University, Virginia at the 2008 National Council of Teachers of English Conference in San Antonio, TX.
Sharyn presented a seminar on teaching St. Dale in the classroom as part of a unit of study on the Canterbury Tales and a seminar on her ballad novels at the conference.
St. Dale in Colleges and Secondary Schools
Sharyn McCrumb's novel St. Dale is being taught in colleges and secondary schools in six states as a supplementary text to Chaucer, or as a Southern novel in its own right. In November, she gave a program on using St. Dale as a text at the annual conference of the National Association of Teachers of English in San Antonio. To see her discussion of the cultural uses of a novel about NASCAR for English classes, see the paper on St. Dale.
From a Race of Storytellers:
The Ballad Novels of Sharyn McCrumb
Kimberley M. Holloway, editor
This book is a first-of-its-kind treatment of the ballad novels of Sharyn McCrumb. It contains articles and essays about all aspects of McCrumb's work, including literary criticism, interpretation, and practical suggestions for teaching the ballad novels.
Teachers from the United States and abroad have long asked for a good source book to help them in their quest to teach the ballad novels and to open the culture of the Appalachian Mountains as it really is to their students. From a Race of Storytellers: Essays on the Ballad Novels of Sharyn McCrumb has been compiled to fill this need.
From a Race of Storytellers will also be attractive to the general reader who wants to read more about the characters who inhabit McCrumb's fictional Hamelin, Tennessee, and to better understand the events that occur there. Through essays written by fourteen different scholars of McCrumb's fiction and one by McCrumb herself, readers will gain a deeper understanding of the real southern Appalachian mountains, not just the popular image. Like McCrumb, each author is committed to examining what it means to live in Appalachia.
Kimberley M. Holloway grew up in Cookeville Tennessee. She attended Tennessee Technological University (BS) and East Tennessee State University (MA) and presently lives in Johnson City TN. She has been a teacher, writer, and copyeditor. She is now Associate Director of Communications and Lecturer in English at King College in Bristol, TN. She has two daughters, Jennifer and Stephanie.
Order From a Race of Storytellers from Mercer University Press,
or call (800) 637-2378 ext. 2880. In Georgia, call (800) 342-0841 ext. 2880.
Appalachian Literature, Appalachian Culture
Written by Judy Sizemore, Edited by Ginny Eager
This book provides a sampling of a wide variety of Appalachian fiction, nonfiction and poetry with suggestions for classroom activities, projects and discussions that will encourage teachers and students to explore the concepts of Appalachia culture aimed for the middle school and high school student. She Walks These Hills is highlighted in this book.
Order Appalachian Literature, Appalachian Culture from the Jesse Stuart Foundation.
"She Walks These Hills" [download Word file] [download PDF]
"The Rosewood Casket" [download Word file] [download PDF]
"Once Around The Track" [download Word file] [download PDF]
"St. Dale" [download Word file] [download PDF]
"Ghost Riders" [download Word file] [download PDF]
"The Songcatcher" [(download Word file] [(download PDF]
"The Ballad of Frankie Silver" [download Word file] [download PDF]
"The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter" [download Word file] [download PDF]
Schools Teaching the Ballad Novels
High Schools and Junior High Schools
Fort Chiswell High School, Max Meadows, VA
Manassas Park High School, Manassas, VA
Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge, TN
Daniel Boone High School, Gray, TN
E.C. Glass High School, Lynchburg, VA
Grundy High School, Grundy, VA
Richlands High School, Richlands, NC
Dobyns-Bennett High School, Kingsport, TN
Patrick County High School, Stuart, VA
Castle Park High School, Chula Vista, CA
Tazewell High School, Tazewell, VA
Bland High School, Bland, VA
Webb School, Knoxville, TN
Keene School, Keene, NH
Sayre School, Lexington, KY
Global Village School, Danville, VA
Fenwick High School, Middletown, OH
Ozark Junior High School, Ozark, AR
Glenvar High School, Salem, VA
Colleges and Universities
Gainesville Collge, Gainesville, GA
Tri-County Technical College, Pendleton, SC
South Plains College, Levelland, TX
Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Motlow Community College, Tullahoma, TN
Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY
East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Nashville Tech, Nashville, TN
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Tusculum College, Greeneville, TN
Berea College, Berea, KY
Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH
Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX
Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA
University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo,CO
Bluefield State College, Bluefield, WV
King College, Bristol, TN
Cleveland State Community College, Cleveland, TN
University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, PA
Hazard Community College, Hazard, KY
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