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.
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