Oral History Activity

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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 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
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  • 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

  • Does not include quilt pieces