At a Glance

Discipline

  • History

Instructional Level

  • College & CEGEP

Course

  • Western Civilization - General Studies
  • History

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Individual
  • Group

Type of Tasks

  • Collecting & seeking information
  • Solving problems
  • Writing

Technical Details

Useful Technologies

  • Low tech AL classroom

Class size

  • Small (20-49)

Time

Multiple class periods (2-3 classes)

Overview

In this activity, students interview two members of their family to collect information about their family history and present it in class.  

In class, the instructor provides the students with guidelines for the assignment and introduces students to oral history methodology, how to conduct an interview and some central ethical concerns. Students then conduct the interviews, asking questions to the instructor if they need clarification. They then write down the information they collected as a story, which they will present in class to the other members ...

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In this activity, students interview two members of their family to collect information about their family history and present it in class.  

In class, the instructor provides the students with guidelines for the assignment and introduces students to oral history methodology, how to conduct an interview and some central ethical concerns. Students then conduct the interviews, asking questions to the instructor if they need clarification. They then write down the information they collected as a story, which they will present in class to the other members of their group. Other students in turn listen and take notes on each other’s stories.   

Finally, students put their stories on a blog created by the instructor.  

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Instructional Objectives

  • For students to understand the impact and relevance of history for their own lives; 
  • Foster community and engagement within the class; 
  • Encourage an awareness of diversity 
  • Encourage an awareness of human migration throughout history, which is a theme of the class 

Workflow & Materials

Activity Workflow

Family stories of migration

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Contributor's Notes

Benefits

  • UDL – to make it more accommodating for more types of learning (have a look at the website) 
  • Students exposed to a broad variety of histories; 
  • The assignment is very engaging for students as it is relevant to all their lives 
  • Presenting the stories in class creates bonding and a sense of community between students; 
  • The instructor gets to read interesting and diverse work 

Challenges

  • Occasionally students feel or find their family history is not very interesting or do not have much contact with their family, so have to look for other people to interview.   

Tips

  • As each student presents, other students have to write down what they found to be most interesting and something new they learned about history. This keeps them engaged as others talk and has them asking more questions; 
  • Be careful when presenting examples as the questions students should be asking are highly dependent on the context of their interviews so they should be encouraged to come up with their own 
  • If a student feels their family history is uninteresting or their family members don’t have much to say, then can ask questions in regard to the change of women’s role through the years, or can interview a family friend or a friend’s family instead.  

Applied Strategies

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