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How to Start Writing Oral History for the Curious and Thoughtful Kid

In this class, students will be empowered to question what they know about the recent past. Students will grow to understand that history is storytelling and the past is different depending upon who is telling the story.
Sienna Córdoba
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The students will learn to conduct an oral history interview based on questions about a meaningful historical moment/movement or a deep curiosity they have about their own family history. Students will understand more about how history is written and how historical accounts are influenced by the biases of whoever is recording the event.
I have taught social studies and history courses at the university, high school, and elementary school level for over ten years.  I am comfortable and confident about my ability to lead people of any age into asking loved ones important questions about the past.
The homework will be to execute the oral history interview and produce some kind of written product. Each student will complete the project individually according to their own style. They have the option to send me the finished product and I will return it with edits, growth questions and comments.
Students will need a way to record interviews. This can be done on a computer or on a phone.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
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Sienna CórdobaTeacher, Historian, Nature Lover
1 total review
4 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I teach classes for all ages about the environment, using a combination of reading, writing and art. I have my master’s degree in Environmental History from the University of California- Santa Bárbara and my BA in History from New York... 
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