Time Traveler - Intergenerational Interviews
Students conduct interviews with older adults to learn about past events, traditions, and individual service in their local community. They then present the information to younger students or community members. This is a good unit to use with a video production class.
Learners will reflect on prior knowledge of family histories. They will identify the commonalities and differences between prior generations and their own experiences that affect the social contract. Learners will be introduced to several historical artifacts relating to a variety of time periods. They will generate questions at strategically placed centers around the classroom that reflect their particular interest.
Learners will read a passage of an historical narrative in order to analyze how one gains a better understanding of an historical event from the experience of people actually present at the event. They will describe how the passing down of oral history helps contribute to the tradition of American history and civil society, thus helping to strengthen the social contract and common good.
Learners will predict historically significant events from their lifetimes and share information with future generations about their contributions to the common good.
Learners will make preparations for conducting interviews. Each learner will devise specific questions directly related to the interviewee and their contribution to the common good during a specific period of time.
High school learners will design and present information from their historical narrative projects to other learners (elementary, middle or high school level). Learners will reflect on how the interview experience has affected their attitudes toward the elderly.