During the academic year 2018-2019, Professor Denise Meringolo developed an approach to oral history training that was adaptable to various learning situations She implemented this training during one week summer camp, during an after-school program, and for students engaged in one or two quarter projects. Educators in a variety of settings may find her notes and Power Point slides useful as a foundation for implementing this project in their unique educational circumstances.
Students will reflect on the oral history process and practice transcribing the audio files as part of the preservation process.
Students will learn how archivists, historians, and others use oral histories and they will recognize the important role they can play in shaping our understanding of everyday life.
Students learn to identify the core practices of oral history and begin to engage in best practices.
This lesson introduces students to the specific steps and methods of oral history. They will prepare interview questions for their first short interview. This lesson also emphasizes the need for secondary source research and includes several articles about the roots of the Baltimore Uprising. Teachers who choose to emphasize a different event are encouraged to provide students with a selection of relevant readings.
This lesson introduces students to oral history and encourages to recognize stories about everyday life as crucial elements of the historical record.
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