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Non-Profit Sponsors Thanksgiving Storytelling Project for Nation’s Students

Non-Profit Sponsors Thanksgiving Project for Nation’s Students

StoryCorps is creating a unifying moment for the nation by encouraging students from all over the country to interview their elders for “The Great Thanksgiving Listen,” an audio project based on children interviewing their elders.

Thousands of students over the age of thirteen are trained for weeks in the classroom to interview a grandparent or an elder, "posing questions such as, 'How would you like to be remembered?' or 'Has your love life been different from what you imagined?’” said ABC News.

Any school or classroom can have its students participate by simply signing up on the StoryCorps website to get project updates and to “receive tips for making your interview experience extraordinary.”

The interviews are made possible through a free smartphone app that allows for students to both record and upload their interviews with ease.

StoryCorps then takes these interviews and stores them "in a publicly accessible archive at the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center in Washington.”

The Thanksgiving Project interviews will also be made available at StoryCorps.me.

So far, according to ABC News, StoryCorps has 65,000 audio recordings since 2003 but hopes to double that amount with an unprecedented effort this holiday.

English teacher Carol Mowen told ABC News supports the project because it teaches students the impact and power of the story, as well as gives students insight into history.

"Some kids already have posted interviews, which can run up to 40 minutes long. Listening to them is like eavesdropping on conversations that can enlighten and surprise,” the article said.

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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

11/23/2015

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