Interview a person age 60 or older to learn about significant events in their lives.
elder, interview, oral history, writing, narrative, presentation, public speaking
In this activity, each student interviews a person age 60 or older in order to gain information about significant times/events in that person's life. The student writes a narrative in the voice of the individual interviewed, and then takes on the persona of that individual as he or she shares the narrative with the rest of the class.
Writing Good Interview Questions
The key to writing a good narrative is having good material to work with; and the key to getting good material is asking good questions. Have students work individually or in small groups to come up with questions to ask. Then you might set aside a time for students to share the questions they create. Talk about the questions that are most interesting, and why those questions are interesting. In that way, students think critically about the reasons for asking questions and about the questions that might result in the most interesting responses. After talking about what makes questions good, students create their final question sheet, which should contain 15 to 20 questions. Questions might include some of the following:
More Project Tips for Students
You might recommend the following to students:
AssessmentUse a rubric to grade students' narratives and presentations. You might ask them to hand in their interview questions with their notes or tapes.
Leah-Rae Bivins, Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania