This project is an excellent opportunity for students to research their own family histories and create posters that show off each of their pasts. In my classroom, I have a lot of students whose parents were born in Mexico or Central America. Because of this, I use this project during Hispanic Heritage Month. However, this unit could be used during an Immigration Unit if there are students of many nationalities or during a unit about the 50 U.S. States.
Each student will use the interview sheet (available in English and English/Spanish) to interview a family member who was born in a different state or country about his or her birthplace. They will use the information that they learn to write informative paragraphs, meet with the teacher to revise their paragraphs, meet with peers to edit their mechanical errors, and use word processing to create final drafts. Students will use the Internet to find maps of their interviewee’s birth state/country and photographs of interesting places to visit in that state/country. Students will then glue all of their materials onto construction paper or poster board to create their final project.
This project is a big success in my classroom every year. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!
My Family Oral History Project by Sarah Davidson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.