Learners examine the tradition of storytelling and oral histories. They listen to the story by John Steptoe, "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters," tell a personal story about their own family, listen to a storyteller, and write a story.
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Lesson: Collect Oral Histories About the Genocide in Guatemala
Begin this powerful study on the Guatemalan genocide with a nine-minute video clip, which can be easily found online. The excerpt introduces the class to this tragedy through a personal account, which is what they will be collecting....
7th - Higher Ed English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Oral History Interview Questions Worksheet
What is an oral history interview? What goes into the planning and what should be said? Why is it important that we know and learn from oral history? This is an excellent learning exercise to support your young historians as they conduct...
4th - 8th English Language Arts
Oral History Activity
Oral history has brought a multitude of lessons, stories, and factoids to our current knowledge of the past. Let us continue to use oral history traditions through a lesson that encourages pupils to discover and appreciate where they...
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Lone Dog's Winter Count: Keeping History Alive
What is oral tradition, and what unique tool did the Native Americans of the Northern Great Plains use to help them remember their complex histories? Through pictograph analysis, discussion, research, and an engaging hands-on activity,...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Oral Histories and Everyday Heros
Scholars learn about September 11th, the day the World Trade Center was attacked, with the help of primary sources. As pupils listen to a first-hand account from survivor, Tom Canavan, they pinpoint character traits that make him a hero...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Connecting Oral History to Geography: The Changes of Madison County
Using individual computers, class members read a story and listen to oral histories of Madison County. They then conduct a scavenger hunt to locate items on the list. Although designed for Madison County, North Carolina, the approaches...
6th - 8th Math CCSS: Designed
Creating an Oral History--Who Tells the Story?
Explore the difficulties in compiling an oral history with this activity. Young researchers conduct interviews and consider how point of view changes various accounts of a single incidence, resulting in conflicting information. They view...
8th - 12th English Language Arts