TELL ME YOUR STORIES:
An Oral History Curriculum for high schools and middle schools,
involving students with their family and community
The primary goal of Tell Me Your Stories is to introduce
students to the fascinating tradition of oral history.
Any historical subject, whether interpreted artistically or academically,
requires skills in research, preparation and organization, and listening.
The Tell Me Your Stories curriculum meets all of these
performance goals while providing cross-generational, cross-cultural,
community, and school outreach. The curriculum can be adapted for
social studies, language arts, performance, computer science, and
practical arts classes.
This curriculum has been taught in a number of middle and high
school settings. The Foundation is providing it free of charge to
teachers and classrooms that may want to incorporate it into their
own lesson plans or follow the curriculum as outlined. We have also
provided the curriculum in an MS
Word file (size: 70K) that can be downloaded for convenient
Within the curriculum is a reference to video samples of oral histories.
Living Legacies is offering this video at cost for duplication and
shipping. See the Supporting
Materials page for synopsis and ordering information.
In the Sample Projects
section of the Web site you will find suggestions for final projects
that are applicable to a variety of classroom subjects. You'll also
find links to other school and community based oral history projects
that may inspire other ideas for final projects or community outreach.
Finally, we have provided a Frequently
Asked Questions page for both teachers and students. Please
feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns and to let
us know about your experiences teaching the Tell Me Your Stories
CLASS ONE What is Oral History?
CLASS TWO Beginning Interview Techniques
CLASS THREE Starting with Peer Interviews
CLASS FOUR Research and Preparation
CLASS FIVE Interview Questions Preparation
CLASS SIX A Practice Interview
CLASS SEVEN The Family Elder Interview
CLASS EIGHT Family Elder Interview Research
CLASS NINE Family Elder Interview Questions Preparation
CLASS TEN Final Projects
TAKING IT ONE STEP FURTHER