Mining the Riches of History
Process the Information and Share it
• As soon as possible after the interviews, have students listen to or watch their recordings, make new notes and go over any notes that they took during the interview so that the content of the interview stays fresh in their mind.
• Send thank you notes in a timely manner.
• If you want students to synthesize the information they gathered into a piece of writing, review the required elements, format, and evaluation tool with them. Skills that come into play at this point include: determining importance, organizing, clarifying, drawing conclusions, and making sense of the information gathered. Plan mini-lessons accordingly.
• Allow some class time to write and to plan and execute a project that will showcase student learning. Tools such as Voicethread or Photostory (a free, downloadable program -- Windows only) make it easy to combine still images with narrated text.