Concluding that few local women are represented in their neighborhood
story, students plan a Women's History Trail and interview area residents.
Composing invitations and asking questions that focus on women, they
create information files on potential candidates.
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Engage in effective discussions.
Paraphrase and summarize information.
Compare and evaluate differing accounts of
the same story.
Recognize the significance of people and events
A neighborhood walk leads students to speculate: Who lived in these
homes? What happened here? Back in the classroom, they
Brainstorm how to research notable neighborhood
Plan and compose invitations to senior citizens,
members of historical societies and community organizations, local
educators, clergy, etc.
Organize student groups that schedule and assign
Before interviews: read about oral biographies,
develop questions and practice with audio recorder and camera.
At interviews: test equipment, document with
camera and recorder, listen carefully, follow scripted questions,
improvise if necessary.
After interviews: assign roles for information
transcription and word processing.
Use chart paper to list possible candidates
for Women's History Trail.
Create individual computer and hard copy files
and compile information for each woman.
Send thank you notes and updates to participants.
Include them in trail plans.
Students begin to interact with neighbornood adults while planning
a Women's History Trail.
As investigative reporters, students discuss the role of journalists
in today's society.
How to Tape Instant Oral Biographies by Bill Zimmerman, 1996:
Guarionex Press; invitations, neighborhood map, chart paper, folders,
refreshments, thank you notes.
Students use audio recorders and cameras during interviews; create
computer files with Claris Works; compose invitations and thank you
notes with Print Shop.
Teacher and students review files documenting information and dates
for the proposed Women's History Trail.
Boston Women's Heritage