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Eighth graders participate in a computer based Family Search Unit. They use multimedia resources to research their country of origin, conduct interviews, and use software to produce narratives, databases, spreadsheets and graphs in this unit.
Students develop interview skills and learn about US history at the same time. Students research an event from local history. Students prepare a list of questions based on the research. They create a list of interview questions and interview four people based on the research.
Students refine their fieldwork skill by conducting interviews. From the position of an outsider, they conduct research and interviews. Student interviews are maintained as a part of a portfolio. Interview kits and assessment materials are included.
In this interviewing skills worksheet, students read tips for conducting interviews as part of the research process and then use the tips to interview their grandparents about their life experiences related to economics. Students write essays based on their findings.
Fourth graders conduct cultural research, collect oral histories using tape recorders and cameras, and share their ancestral heritage with classmates through family heirlooms and ethnic foods.
What better way to work on research skills while gaining an understanding of college life, than conducting an interview? High Schoolers interview a college graduate, document their findings, and use the information to write an essay on the topic of college life.
Students "visit" India to learn about its culture and the lives of children in India. In this India lesson, students conduct research and report on the lives of Indian children in the form of a mock interview between a journalist and an Indian child. Students write a foreign news service article based on the facts they have learned through the interviewing process.
Second graders watch simulated interview between the teacher and a student before they interview a classmate using the form provided. Next, they complete two interviews of family members at home. They focus on the concepts of ancestors and immigration, compile the interview data upon returning to class.
An amazing, thoughtful, and introspective lesson awaits your art class. They listen to an interview with incarcerated prisoners to better understand the prison system and its effects on family life. They create collages related to the key issues and root causes of incarceration, as well as the power of oral history. They analyze the concept of a social community by discussing Chagall's "I and the Village."
In this exercise, learners identify characters from an "Archie" comic and discuss the relevance of "Archie" to today's youth. They create public service advertisements featuring celebrities to address common concerns among teenagers in their communities. To sum up the lesson plan, they conduct market research to consider the effectiveness of their advertisements. Vocabulary, interdisciplinary connections, and extension activities are included.
Go through the proper steps to setting up and conducting an interview as part of research. Slides detail preparation, materials you should have, and follow-up procedures. Specific questions for the interview are not suggested but the process is outlined so that you can use this format for an interview in any field you may be researching.
In this economics learning exercise, students follow the provided outline to interview business owners about supply and demand issues. Students write interview summaries based on their findings.
Your secondary readers compare what they learn in Fannie Flagg's Alabama-based book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe with the experiences of elderly Alabamans that they interview. (Pairing Flagg's book with Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is suggested as an extension.). Though the resource here is focused specifically on Alabama, you could find a reading that reflects life in your region and have your class interview senior citizens to compare real experiences in your area to those in the story. The whole class develops interview questions to ask. Collaborative groups then conduct interviews and produce a video presentation from their research.
Young scholars examine the history of the Olympics and their athletes. In this interviewing skills lesson, students role play the parts of reporters and athletes as they conduct interviews based on research of the Olympic games and athletes.
Students examine the implications of the Korean War. For this Korean War lesson, students access the Korean War website to gain access to veterans of the war that they may interview. Students conduct interviews with veterans and create artwork or writings that reflect their impressions of the stories they hear about the war.
Fifth graders complete a unit of lessons on immigration. They plan an interview, conduct an interview with an immigrant, view and discuss a CD-ROM, complete a graphic organizer, simulate an immigrant cabin in steerage, and create an ethnic cookbook.
Family and friendship are two very important themes of the historical fiction novel The Orphan of Ellis Island by Elvira Woodruff. From video clips and writing prompts to reader's theater and family interviews, this resource provides numerous activities that engage children in learning more about these important aspects of life. Whether your class is reading the book or not, this lesson provides a great character building opportunity for elementary school students.
In the tenth lesson plan of this unit, young scholars learn to categorize information as they continue researching their colonial trade. During guided practice, the teacher models how to read informational text slowly while sorting the information into short bulleted notes. Young researchers are then given the opportunity to practice these skills as they reread text on their specific colonial trade. Finally, learners return to their expert groups to share the notes they have taken with their peers. A great resource for teaching note-taking skills to your class. Note that this lesson plan builds on the previous two lessons in the unit, though it can be adapted for other content areas as well.
Students, in groups of two, choose a politician of interest and research that person. They each assume the role of either the reporter or the politician and write a "mock" interview that they later present to the class.
Tenth graders prepare a report on the social, cultural, and political elements of the 40's and 60's. They interview their parents and grandparents and conduct additional research. They prepare PowerPoint presentations comparing/contrasting the two eras.