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Anticipation of "The Great Thanksgiving Listen"


So many of our holidays are best enjoyed in anticipation. The day or moment of the holiday is rarely as wonderful as the anticipation. This year it changes. I am currently enjoying the anticipation of my students and my own participation in @StoryCorps The Great Thanksgiving Listen. 

We all know the importance of history. We all know the wise words of Elie Wiesel:  “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.”   The Great Thanksgiving Listen is inspiring the younger generation (sometimes for a grade) to interview, record, and publish the stories of those around us.
@StoryCorps is, "the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered.  Recordings are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress so that future generation can
hear the stories-and the voices-of today." @GoogleforEdu has provided an excellent Common Core aligned template for using @StoryCorps.

I am happily anticipating interviewing my parents with their choice of the questions below.
Suggested ideas for interview
What’s the most important lesson you have learned? Tell me more! How has it shaped your life?
What was one of your most difficult moments? Tell me more! How has it shaped your life?
What traditions have been passed down through your family? Why?
What is your happiest memory? Why? How has it shaped your life?

Helping my students to value the testimony of their diverse family stories builds on our theme of gratitude during November. They have been expressing their gratitude through daily writing prompts.
Now, they will put their gratitude in action. Our elders have so much to share and will be grateful for the opportunity to share this wisdom.

I hope that many students in Arkansas will participate in #TheGreatListenAR. 

Want to learn more? Browse the interviews? Need a ready-made assignment?


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