Lesson Plan: Oral History 6
Oral History Project: Preparing for our oral history (Part 6 of 7)
Language Arts, CHamoru, Oral History
45 minutes (This can be separated into two days.)
- Flipchart or chalk board
- Markers or chalk
- Recording device
- CD player and speakers
Related background reading
In this lesson students will become familiar with the recording device and prepare for their interview.
- Students will learn the basics of using a digital recording device.
- Students will devise a list of topics to cover in their interview.
- Students, in pairs, will develop a list of questions on each topic.
- Students will develop a plan to research their respective topics.
- Schedule speaker
- Have speaker sign recording release
- Set up recording equipment
Pre-Interview Prep (10 minutes)
- Remind students to ask broad questions at first, followed by possible focused questioned (like game of 20 questions played in previous lesson).
- Ask students to be mindful of the time, and to allow for everyone to get a chance to ask questions.
- Ask students to relax and be polite.
Conducting the Oral History (35 minutes)
- Demonstrate to the students how the equipment is used to record and playback.
- Play sound samples (off speakers) of different recorder positions:
- Too close to one person, uneven sound
- Too far, no sound
- Too close to mouth, pops
- With teacher seated in a new location, ask students to position recorder in the correct place.
Introduction to Research (10 minutes)
- Ask students to come up with topic areas for the interview (e.g. food, fashion, family life).
- List them on board, and have students consolidate them in order of importance/interest.
- Assign each topic to a pair of students.
Developing Topic Ideas (20 minutes)
- In pairs, students determine what they want to learn about their topic. 10 minutes.
- Each pair shares their ideas with the group for feedback. 10 minutes.
Overview of Research Resources (10 minutes)
- Have students develop a list of research resources.
- Outline basic steps students should do at home:
- Ask parents
- Check Internet and Guampedia (if possible, demonstrate Guampedia to the class)
- Check books, library (if possible)
- Come up with basic questions each pair should answer for their topic, due by the next class.
- Have students write down the outline and their questions into notebooks.
Recap (3 minutes)
Recap what we’ve done and learned in the lesson:
“We’ve learned how to use a recording device and position it correctly, we’ve developed a list of interview topics and questions, and determined at a plan to do the necessary background research.”
Ask students for their favorite parts of the lesson.