November 17th, 2020
"Since 2015, The Great Thanksgiving Listen has grown from an experimental challenge into a vital intergenerational movement. To date, thousands of high schools from all 50 states have participated and preserved more than 100,000 interviews, providing families with a priceless piece of personal history. All Interviews submitted to this project become part of the StoryCorps Archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress."
Tools For Recording Your Story
The Great Listen has created several tools to help students and teachers best record and share their collected oral histories. Use StoryCorps Connect to record stories virtually, or the StoryCorps App to record in person:
What is the Great Thanksgiving Listen?
"The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national movement from StoryCorps that empowers young people—and people of all ages—to create an oral history of the contemporary United States by recording an interview with an elder, mentor, friend, or someone they admire."
The following resources are written and owned by StoryCorps, Inc.
To get started with The Great Listen, utilize the resources below! These toolkits from StoryCorps will provide everything you need to bring living history into your classroom and home:
The Great Thanksgiving Listen:
A Guide for Educators
History doesn't just live in textbooks - history is happening all around us right now! Identify 3 historical events that have happened in your lifetime.
Now, find a partner who also remembers one of those events. Prepare 3 interview questions to ask each other about your recollections. What is different? What is similar? How did place affect your experiences?
Finally, notice how multiple perspectives can change our understanding of history.
Previously on #FLGeoWeek: