Lesson Plan

Teaching with Oral History: Upper 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 they explore a recorded oral history, they examine the nuances of conducting interviews and then practice their skills by interviewing one another.

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.
  • Experience what it is like to participate in the interview process.
  • Learn that successful interviews are a result of listening carefully and asking thoughtful questions.
  • Understand that all of us have important stories to tell and perspectives to share.

Grade Levels

Upper Elementary | Grades 4‐5


1‐3 class periods

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Essential Questions

  • How do historians learn about the past?
  • How can oral histories help us to understand the past?
  • What makes an interview successful?


  • Historian
  • Oral History
  • Interview

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