Oral History

There's no better way to learn something than to hear it straight from the horse's mouth. A handout on oral history, part of a larger series on specific writing assignments, explains how to conduct interviews and use the information gained within an essay or research paper. Topics include how to transcribe an interview and why people use oral histories.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Conduct mock interviews in the classroom and write short research papers that include the interviews as sources
  • Assign a research paper where learners must interview an older neighbor or family member to gain information
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes researchers know the difference between primary and secondary sources
  • Considers multiple ways to structure an essay
  • Shares links to resources with more information on the topic
  • Resource is text heavy, making it difficult to follow the long paragraphs
Common Core