September 3, 2013
Today Malmsbury students between P-2 will begin work as historians, taking home some interview questions to find out about an older person they know. We would like to compare modern childhood and childhood in the past, so the older your interview subject is the better!
To practise, students have been answering life story interview questions themselves. Grade P-2 students have already thought of possible interviewees to talk to but might need to get on the phone or somehow ask these older people whether they are okay about telling their life stories.
Think about the ways you could record this interview. You could write down some answers, create a picture or photo story of the telling or record audio/video of the interview process. The most important element for an oral history interview is talking about that person’s experience and making it conversational.
Children will be asked to describe how their interviews went in the last week of term (starting 16 September).
Malmsbury P.S. oral history interview questions
Who will you interview? What do you think will be the biggest differences between your childhood and theirs?
August 25, 2013
Students in Grade 1/2 read the online story from Museum Victoria website, My Grandmother’s Toybox. In the story, a girl called Hannah is at home feeling sick and looking for something to do. Finally, her mother shows her an old wooden chest filled with toys! The toys once belonged to Hannah’s mother, her father and grandparents, even great great grandparents. All of the toys tell a story about a particular time or memory, a person Hannah’s mum knew about or about what life was like in the past. When Hannah is all finished playing she learns that one day she will need to put a toy in the box that tells a story about her own life… Which toy will she choose?
Our class thought carefully about the same question and brought in their own toy to tell a story about a certain time, person, place or event. Look at the pictures below to see the toys emerging from the old wooden chest.
Which toy would you choose to keep in the old wooden chest? What do you think someone in the future would say about it?