Writing and Oral History Narrative
Learners interview elder community citizens then write the narrative of their interviews, then peer edit the narratives, correct them, and finally compile all of them in a book.
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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 worksheet to support your young historians as they conduct...
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