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Using Oral History to Engage Students. Presented at HTAV Middle Years Conference. Focus of this presentation. Rationale Teaching historical skills Teaching historical content. Rationale. Student engagement “Doing” the subject Interpersonal skills. Teaching Historical Skills. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Using Oral History to Engage StudentsPresented at HTAV Middle Years Conference

Focus of this presentationRationale

Teaching historical skills

Teaching historical content

Rationale Student engagement

Doing the subject

Interpersonal skills

As opposed to single events or factors3Teaching Historical Skills Identify a range of questions about the past to inform a historical inquiry Draw conclusions about the usefulness of sources Identify and describe points of view, attitudes and values in primary and secondary sources

Teaching Historical Skills continuedDevelop texts, particularly descriptions and explanations that use evidence from a range of sources that are acknowledged Use a range of communication forms (oral, graphic, written) and digital technologies (Years 7-8)Identify and analyse the perspectives of people from the past (Year 9)

Teaching Historical ContentWorld War TwoThe experiences of Australians during World War II The impact of World War II, with a particular emphasis on the Australian home front, including the changing roles of women and use of wartime government controls(ACARA n.d.)

Teaching Historical Content continuedPopular cultureMigration experiences

Breakdown of UnitHook

Explanation of the term

Show model of an Oral History

Breakdown of UnitAssignments Oral History project

PowerPoint presentationon process

Reflective essay

Scaffolding Explanation of types of questionsClosedOpenFollow-onModelling Active ListeningScaffolding continuedUse of artefacts

Scaffolding continuedBloopers exercise

Mock interview

Fishbowl interview

Scaffolding continuedModel transcribing interviewModel editing transcript into an oral historyBasic grammar

Other activitiesJeopardy game

Scattergories game

14Remember toTeach the necessary language featuresTemporal connectivesChronological orderParagraphingConsistent use of past tense when recountingUse of first personBe passionate!Webpage for Rules for Scattergories BibliographyAustralian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (n.d.). The Australian Curriculum v 6.0 History Foundation to Year 10 Curriculum by Rows. Retrieved July 2, 2014, from Independent Television Service. (2004). Independent lens: The new Americans. Retrieved July 2, 2014, from Paul, P.J. (1997). Fish bowls and bloopers: Oral history in the classroom. OAH Magazine of History, 11 (3), 43-46. Retrieved December 21, 2009, from Pchakjian, O. (2003). Interview with my grandfather- Sarkis Aivazian. Retrieved July 2, 2014, from

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