Students learn how 9/11 changed people’s lives by conducting an oral history. Sage has chosen several family members and friends to ask the following questions. He will then present their oral histories in a blog, think about both negative and positive changes that resulted from 9/11, and write a reflection that includes both what he learned from his oral history interviewees and from the our discussions. Feel free to comment below and answer the questions yourself!
Common Core Alignments
These standards were written for the 9-10 grade level. However this lesson can be easily adjusted for use in both higher level classes and classes as young as 5 grade while still corresponding to the following Common Core Standards with grade level equivalents. Student assessments and expectation may vary depending upon grade level and ability.
Reading Standards for Informational Text (Grades 9-10)
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Standard 8: Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning.
Using the information gained during research, students should be able to analyze the information gained during the interview to assess it for validity and draw out relevant information for their presentation or project.
Writing Standards (Grades 9-10)
Text Types and Purposes
Standard 1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Students will practice and demonstrate these skills in recording, transposing, and analyzing the interview for the subsequent presentation or project.
Production and Distribution of Writing
Standard 4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3)
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
Standard 9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Students will be expected to perform research to familiarize themselves with 9/11 before conducting the interview and to use their research in reflecting upon the results of the interview.
Speaking and Listening Standards (Grades 9-10)
Comprehension and Collaboration
Standard 1: Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Each student will conduct at least one oral history. Through interviewing a variety of people, each student not only holds a discussion with someone whose ideas differ extremely from the students’ own experiences, but the students will be able to hear the viewpoints from a number of other people during a presentation of findings to the class or through sharing projects.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
Standard 4: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.