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Sealore

Age 9, Group or Independent

45 minutes, indoors or outdoors

Objective

  • Create a story that reflects historical facts about California's seafood industry.

Materials

  • California's Golden Seas booklet (see appendix)
  • paper
  • crayons or markers
  • tape recorder (optional)

Get set

  • Review California's Golden Seas booklet.
  • Explain that sealore is the same as folklore, only it is about the traditions and customs of fisher folk and the sea. It combines fact and imagination.

Go catch

  • Have individuals use their imaginations to draw an Old Mariner.
  • Use the Old Mariner drawings to stimulate thoughts for their sealore.
  • Have individuals, as a group or independently, create a sealore based on California fishing traditions. Encourage creativity.
  • Share individual sealore tales with the group.
  • Record the sealore (optional).
  • How does the sealore differ from what really happened?

Sailing

  • Create a sea tale about present day fisher folk by writing a story at home.
  • Invite a fisherman or fisherwoman to speak about his/her fishing tales and stories.
  • View the "Gone Fishin'" video.

California Seafood Council, PO Box 91540,		Santa Barbara, CA 93190 +1-805-569-8050