Oral History Activity

This Oral History Activity lesson plan also includes:

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 plan that encourages pupils to discover and appreciate where they came from. Here, scholars interview family members to learn more about woman, men, and memorable stories from their family's past.  

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Invite family members to come and share a story with the class
  • Print a list of brainstormed interview questions for those that need additional support creating them 
  • Encourage learners to record the interviews to add a visual or auditory component to the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Portions of the lesson are assigned as homework
  • The activity is the third of nine in a series that focuses on family heritage
Pros

  • The lesson and worksheet's directions are written in detail 
  • Plenty of space is available for pupils to write responses from their interviews directly on the worksheets 
  • Class members have the freedom of thinking and asking their own interview questions
Cons

  • Does not include quilt pieces