My OWN Story
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Students from participating classes conducted their own oral history projects. Projects ranged from interviews of community members, to family histories, to a student’s own personal reflections on historical events. Doing oral history is a rewarding way to make connections to the past. It takes a lot work to conduct a good oral history — but is well worth the effort.
The benefits of doing oral history projects in the classroom include:
- Makes history come alive by making a personal connection to history
- Allows students to engage in interpersonal relationship with elders
- Addresses State Goals for reading, writing, listening, speaking, research, technology,
and learning environment.
- Addresses State Goals for critical thinking, inference, analysis.
- Places “ordinary” or unknown people into history.
Click here to download (PDF) the “Talking History” Activity.