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Personal  Histories  Through  the  Decades   Research Project We  will  be  creating  a  compilation  of  the  recorded  personal  histories  of  many  different  people  that  will   be  preserved  in  our  school  library  for  future  use  as  primary  resources.  Our  goal  is  to  interview  as  many   people  as  possible  and  retrieve  interesting,  pertinent  information  about  the  past.  In  the  end,  we  plan  to   host  a  celebratory  event  in  the  library,  inviting  some  of  the  interviewees  to  come  in  and  share  their   stories  in  person.    

YOUR  TASK:  

1.  Decide  as  an  individual  or  in  a  pair  who  you  can  interview.  This  person  can  be  anyone  who  was  born  in     a  decade  before  you  (so  at  youngest,  having  been  born  in  the  80s).  However,  the  older  a  person  is  who   you  decide  to  interview,  the  more  rich  and  useful  to  history  his/her  story  will  be.  You  may  chose  to   interview  an  extended  family  member,  member  of  your  local  community/church,  family  friend,  teacher,   employer,  etc.  Make  sure  to  explain  the  project  well  to  your  interview  subject  and  gain  consent  to   publish  his/her  story.   2.  Choose  a  decade  during  which  this  person  lived  (does  not  have  to  be  when  he/she  spent  their   childhood)  and  focus  your  interview  questions  and  documentation  on  these  years.     3.  Schedule  a  time  to  meet  with  your  subject  to  do  the  interview.  Be  sure  to  leave  enough  time  so  that  it   doesn't  have  to  be  cut  short.  Plan  what  questions  you  will  ask  your  interviewee  ahead  of  time,  and  also   plan  on  a  way  to  record  the  conversation  (for  example  on  a  voice-­‐recorder  or  similar  feature  of  a  cell   phone).  You  can  come  up  with  any  questions  that  you  think  will  serve  the  purpose  of  getting  the  most   interesting  and  useful  responses  from  the  interviewee.  You  are  encouraged  to  come  up  with  decade-­‐ specific  questions,  if  possible,  however  some  general  suggested  questions  are  also  provided    on  the   following  page.  You  should  ask  the  person  for  permission  to  take  his  or  her  photograph,  and  also   request  before-­‐hand  for  him/her  to  bring  in  old  photos  (or  copies  of  these)  of  the  time  period,  if   possible.  Remember  to  be  courteous,  professional,  and  don't  forget  to  thank  the  person  for  their  time  at   the  end.     4.  Listening  to  the  audio  recording,  create  a  short  "biography"  type  document  (minimum  one  page  long)   of  the  person's  life  during  the  chosen  decade.  Include  any  photographs  you  received,  as  well  as  others   that  may  be  applicable  which  you  find  on  the  internet  (as  in  relevant  to  the  decade).  Be  sure  to  make   this  document  attractive,  because  this  will  be  the  final  product,  for  viewers  to  look  at  in  the  library.   5.  If  the  person  you  interviewed  is  interested,  send/show  him  or  her  a  copy  of  the  document  you   created.  Also  save  contact  information  for  the  person,  so  that  you  may  be  able  to  ask  him/her  to  come   in  for  the  event  we  will  eventually  hold  in  the  library  at  the  conclusion  of  this  project.   Points:  8  for  individuals,  5  each  for  partners,  5  points  for  an  additional  person  that  you   interview/represent  in  a  document  


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