Workshop for Teachers
I. ORAL HISTORY IN THE CLASSROOM answers the question, What is oral history? and describes ways oral history may be used in the classroom. Find here a list of benefits students gain from using oral history and examples of Web sites produced by elementary, middle, and high-school students using oral history, as well as links to obtain print manuals and online instruction for educators.
II. GETTING STARTED guides you in choosing a topic, conducting background research, and locating interviewees. Before launching into oral history, educators must consider legal and ethical requirements, so here are tips on creating permission forms and respecting the rights of interviewees. Here too are guidelines for choosing and using recording equipment.
III. INTERVIEWING TIPS covers the basics of one-on-one interviewing, including asking questions that get results. Asking open-ended questions, listening carefully, following up for details, and retelling stories are life skills students can learn through oral history interviewing.
IV. AFTER THE INTERVIEW suggests ways to preserve and share the primary historical documents students create through oral history. Will you transcribe or index the recordings? If so, here is guidance. Here also are methods for student self-evaluations and teacher assessments of student learning. How will you share your work with your school and community? Look here for inspiring ideas.
Test yourself with the TEACHER WORKSHOP QUIZ.
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