Traiteur/faith healer / home remedies


Greg English
OAK PARK MIDDLE MIDDLE 


Overview:
During the study of Acadian culture, history, and folklore the students will view the movie by Glen Pitre. ”Belizaire the Cajun” is set in 1859 Vermilionville, in southwest Louisiana. The video features Belazaire, a ‘Cajun Traiteur or faith healer and his "medicaments". The Americans simply considered him a ‘horse doctor’, not a real doctor. This lesson deals with home remedies that students may have come in contact with or heard of through their own parents, aunts, or grandmothers who were generally the ones who carried down the tradition of Traiteur.
Approximate Duration:  five class periods
Content Standards:
  • History: Time, Continuity, and Change
         Students develop a sense of historical time and historical perspective as they study the history of their community, state, nation, and world.
Benchmarks:
  • H-1D-M6
         examining folklore and describing how cultural elements have shaped our state and local heritage.
Grade-Level Expectations (GLEs):
  • Louisiana History
    Grade 8

    81. Explain cultural elements that have shaped Louisiana’s heritage (e.g., festivals, music, dance, food, languages)

    (H-1D-M6)
Interdisciplinary Connections:  
  • English/Language Arts : Standard 1
         Students read, comprehend, and respond to a range of materials, using a variety of strategies for different purposes.
  • English/Language Arts : Standard 3
         Students communicate using standard English grammar, usage, sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and handwriting.
Objectives:
The students will collect data and disseminate information about their own family’s home remedies.
The students will combine information gathered to put together a ‘home remedy’ health booklet from their own family.
Lesson Materials and Resources:
Student's family members

Off-white construction paper

White copy paper

Colored ribbon, string, or yarn
Technology Tools and Materials:

Hardware:
Computers
Projection unit
CD of Belizaire

Software:
[none for this lesson]

Websites:
•Traiteurs - LPB Special
      www.lpb.org/programs/traiteurs/bios.html
•Traiteur information sources
      http://library.louisiana.edu/Spec/traiteur.shtml
•Traiteur background info
      http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/7555/42606
•Biographical Info on Traiteurs
      www.lpb.org/programs/traiteurs/sg_toc.html
•Traiteur Newspaper story
      www.carencrohighschool.org/la_studies/cajun/traiteur.htm

Other:

Background Information:
I’m not sure what background information students should have or will have concerning Traiteurs or faith healers. However, I’m sure that they will know of grandmother's home remedies and what old-"wives tales" are still practiced today concerning colds, bee stings, sprains, and fevers.
Lesson Procedures:
EVERYDAY: When students walk in they will be presented a Louisiana Fact-of-the-Ay which they will copy into their Agenda book. Next will be their Daily LaGumbo which will be either a LEAP style Constructive Response or a past LEAP S.S. question to answer.

DAY ONE
1. Students will be given a Acadian "Fact Sheet to take notes on about today's topic. A power-point will be shown highlighting the material covered. Students will copy the items highlighted in red. The PPt will cover: Vocabulary needed, different culture's traiteurs, and terms used in the upcoming movie.
2. Today's assignment will have students create a booklet of "Home Remedies" from their own parents, grandparent's) or great grandparent's). Teacher will go over directions - both orally, on the PPt and own the handout.

DAY TWO
1. Today's topic will discuss early Acadian settlement, lifestyle, healings, and dislikes of the Acadian community.
2. Discuss various home remedies that the student’s grandparents might still use or believe in.
3. Starting with vocabulary the worksheet will cover "jumping the broomstick, Holy Mother Church, homes, music, and locations.
4. Have students complete a map handout of the Acadian Triangle in Louisiana as homework.

DAY THREE
1. Today's focus will be part one of the movie "Belizaire, the Cajun". Students will keep up with characters by use of a "family tree diagram". At the conclusion of today's segment teacher will go over people, places, and questions students may have concerning things they saw.

DAY FOUR
1. Today's focus will be part one of the movie "Belizaire, the Cajun". Students will keep up with characters by use of a "fact sheet". At the conclusion of today's segment teacher will go over people, places, and questions students may have concerning things they saw.

DAY FIVE
1. Today's focus will be part one of the movie "Belizaire, the Cajun". Students will keep up with characters by use of a "fact sheet". At the conclusion of today's segment teacher will go over people, places, and questions students may have concerning things they saw.
2. students will now complete an assignment where they will write a 'sequel' to Belizaire wrapping up all the loose ends from the movie including: Did Belizaire and Alida get married, Did Alida have her baby/, Did Old Man Perry die?, Did James get hung?, Did Rebecca get remarried?, and so on.

Assessment Procedures:
Students will be graded on the data they collect from their parents, relatives, and grandparents. They will also be graded as a team on the booklet they produce concerning the information they collect.
Accommodations/Modifications:
No accommodations other than extended time for my resource students. They will be allowed to continue their work in their resource classroom where they should get help on writing the material.
          ----- written by Greg English  

Explorations and Extensions:
Lesson needs no extensions since this is only one small component of a much larger unit on the early Acadians.
Lesson Development Resources:
Various websites, see list above.
Reflections:
Over the years students have gained a better insght to the Acadian culture as we finish the Antebellum time period. The movie generally follows their watching the Solomon Northup story and seeing the life of a black slave. Belizaire (a local film) film beings the 1800s to 1860s to a close before we move into the Civil War in Louisiana.
 

 

 

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