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1 class periods of 90 minutes each
Knowledge of primary and secondary resources and oral histories
Students should be given the grading criteria ahead of time. (A handout with potential grading criteria is attached in the website section below.)
As a lead-in, the teacher will give the students an overview on conducting oral histories. The teacher will work with the students to come up with pertinent questions to ask and to point out several ways to conduct and record the interview.
Explain to the students that they should conduct an interview with (preferably) a family member, but if not available, then talk to their parents about a friend of the family who might be appropriate. Have them talk about the issues on their list during the interview and remember that this is a part of history that is not unknown.
1. Why do you think the Cold War (or WWII, Vietnam, Gulf, etc.) occurred?
2. When did you first feel the effects of the Cold War (or other event)?
3. Are there any examples of how the Cold War (or other) affected you, your family, or your community?
4. Did you understand the Cold War (or other) as it was happening?
5. When did you think that the war was over?
6. What do you think of the leadership provided to our country by the Presidents in office during the war? Why?
Possible ways to format assignment:
The students will turn in their research and share them with the class.