Global Fest

Baba Yaga riding through the forest in her mortor, swinging a pestle in one hand and a broom in the other.

On March 10, Normal West High School hosted Global Fest. Global Fest is a celebration and promotion of the study of world languages and international studies through educational activities connected to the Illinois Learning Standards for students 6th through 12th grades. Global Fest participants learn about and share the knowledge of the world through introductory lessons in languages of Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East; interactive cultural activities and performances; arts and crafts displays; global knowledge competitions, and exhibits.

REEEC presented “Russian Horror Stories,” to 60 students. During the workshop, students were asked to name favorite horror stories and then broke into groups to discuss what elements made the stories scary.  Then Students looked at pictures of scary characters common in Russian Folklore, one of them being Baba Yaga, and then compared these characters to the scary elements in their own favorite scary stories.  Discussion of Russian folktale characters was followed by a reading of the popular Russian folktale “Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave.”   Students also wrote their names using the Cyrillic alphabet and sampled Russian candy.

More on Global Fest can be found in an article written in the Bloomington Pantagraph :

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