The Great Thanksgiving Listen

StoryCorp provides a resource that captures and preserves the remembrances of family or community elders. Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, class members select a person they want to interview, record the conversation, and then upload their interview to the Library of Congress so that future generations have access to these stories.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Check out the highlights from the first year of the project before deciding to use it with your class
  • Begin the project at least two weeks prior to your school's Thanksgiving holiday
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires access to the latest edition of the free StoryCorp app and to smartphones
  • iPads are not recommended
  • Modifications are provided for those without access to a device
  • Participants must be ages 13 and older
  • Be aware that some schools block Internet access
  • Requires parent permission 



  • The 20-page tool kit includes background on the history and purpose of the project, a preparation check list, a template for the permission slip, model interview questions, and an interview planning worksheet

  • No rubric is included