What do family members or neighbors remember about the "olden days" or their home countries? Find out in an oral history interview!
The most exciting way to learn about recent history is to ask a person who was there to share their memories! Here are some suggestions on how to work with your teacher to plan an interview.
<STRONG> Prepare your questions.</STRONG> Choose a person to interview who remembers or is an expert in the time period, culture, or topic you’re studying. With Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, write questions that are likely to encourage the person to tell stories rather than just answer with a word or two. Change your mind? Just erase!
<STRONG>Interview and sketch!</STRONG> Contact the person. Arrange to meet in a quiet, convenient place. Let them know how long the interview will last. If you would like to tape it, ask for permission. When you get together, record the answers to your questions. You may think of new questions to ask, too. Take notes about any photos or objects that you borrow such as maps or photographs. Sketch a portrait of your interviewee.
<STRONG>Prepare your presentation.</STRONG> Cut construction paper with Crayola Scissors to cover a recycled box or plastic container. Illustrate it with the portrait you drew and symbols of the person’s experiences such as a family tree, map, or timeline. On dark paper, use Crayola Metallic Colored Pencils. Attach the paper to the container with a Crayola Glue Stick.
Create representative documents such as tickets or passports, letters home, marriage certificates, or family trees. Place these documents plus any 3-D artifacts (maybe a favorite piece of costume jewelry or book) inside the container for safekeeping. Care
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