Mining the Riches of History

Lay the Groundwork

Decide who might be good candidates for interviewees (parents, family members of several generations, community members, senior citizens at a local senior center,etc.). Decide whether the interviews will be individual, small group, or whole-class. Make arrangements for the interviews—day, time, place, etc.

Be clear about the purpose of your interviews, and be sure students can articulate that to the interviewee.

Line up necessary equipment (digital devices like tablets, iPads, iPods, smart phones, etc.) and permission forms.

Prepare any supporting documents or templates for student use.

Plan what you will do with the information students gather (A local history fair? Presentation? Displays? Role play or creative drama? As a springboard for movement or dance?). Plan for the assessment of student work and share your expectations with them.



Introduction Getting
Lay the Groundwork Teach
Process and
Help with Interviewing Oral History Resources