Lesson Plan

Teaching with Oral History: Lower Elementary

Oral history is a tool for learning about people, places, and events.

Students utilize oral histories as a tool for learning about people, places, and events. As students explore the interview process by developing interview questions, conducting interviews with their classmates, and retelling the stories they collect, they gain an understanding of the way oral histories help us to learn about the past and each other.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Understand that oral history is a way of gathering detailed information that helps us understand a specific time, place, person, or event.
  • Understand what an interview is.
  • Experience what it is like to participate in the interview process.
  • Understand that all of us have important stories to share.

Grade Levels

Lower Elementary School | Grades 1‐3


1‐3 class periods

Related Programs


Essential Questions

  • How do historians learn about the past?
  • How can oral histories help us to understand the past?


  • Historian
  • Oral History
  • Interview

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