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Keywords: social studies, interviewing, oral history
Subject(s): Journalism, Grammar, Service Learning, Spelling, English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Photography, Information Skills, Reading, Writing, Podcasting, Geography, Technology, Video, Civics, History
Grades 9 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: A.T.E.M.S., Abilene, TX
Planned By: Jennifer Yates
Original Author: Jennifer Yates, Abilene
Lesson Plan: Oral History

After completing this lesson, students will be able to:
Use oral history interview techniques to gather information about local history.
Understand the impact of segregation on the community and its citizens.
Time Required: 2 weeks
Target Level Grades: 9-12
Camera crew
Video editors
Audio editors
Still photo editors
1. Analyze examples of oral histories:
2. Discuss purpose of interviews
3. Teach and practice interviewing skills
4. Find local subjects to interview
5. Write specific questions for chosen subjects
6. Conduct interviews
7. Edit footage:
To make the interviews usable beyond your classroom, have students listen to them again, searching for particularly valuable stories. Compile these in a user-friendly medium. It would be best to keep the final product to 30 minutes or less.
8. Create a podcast:
If you used video to record the interviews, you can add a soundtrack, still pictures, and visual effects, again aiming for 30 minutes or less.
9. Present: Upload completed video to district website for viewing by all interested parties.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Combined English and Social Studies curriculum
Materials: Camera/Video Accessories, Video Cameras, Podcasting