Time Traveler - Intergenerational Interviews

Unit of 5 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
9
10
11
12
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Diverse people
Focus Question 

What can we learn about the role of philanthropy in history by listening to the stories of others? How can we teach younger citizens about service for the common good? 

 

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Unit Overview 

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.  

Service Experience 
Learners will share with younger learners primary source history information from interviews with older citizens. This will enable the learners to make their own contribution to the common good which strengthens the social contract in a civil society.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Time Traveler - Intergenerational Interviews
Lesson 1 of 5
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

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.

Unit: 
Time Traveler - Intergenerational Interviews
Lesson 2 of 5
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

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.