Part 1: Collect Oral Histories – 15 minutes
Give your students a week to interview an older person about their relationship to one or several natural, cultural, or historic landmarks in their community and to later share their findings with the class. Interviews may be transcribed, videotaped, tape recorded, or condensed into a narrative. This assignment can either be high-tech or low-tech, it’s up to you.
Part 2: Share Your Interview Findings – 2-4 class periods
After allowing preparation time, let students talk to the rest of the class about what they learned in their interviews. Give them 3-5 minutes each for presentations.
Other Instructional Materials or Notes:
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A computer with an internet connection and a means of display to the class
- WG-1 The student will demonstrate an understanding of the physical and human characteristics of places, including the creation of regions and the ways that culture and experience influence the perception of place.
- Physical and human characteristics define or give meaning to places, and geographers use and analyze regions to manage and interpret Earth’s complexity. To analyze and synthesize information to solve problems and answer questions about the compl...
- AL.IC I can participate in conversations about familiar topics that go beyond my everyday life. I can talk in an organized way and with some detail about events and experiences in various timeframes. I can describe people, places, and things in an organized way and with some detail. I can handle a familiar situation with an unexpected complication.
- AM.IL I can understand the main idea and most supporting details on a variety of topics of personal and general interest, as well as some topics of professional interest. I can follow stories and descriptions of some length and in various timeframes. I can understand information presented in most genres, even when not familiar with the topic.
- This indicator was developed to encourage inquiry into how cultural characteristics are determined by a broad range of factors and interactions specific to a place.