APPENDIX B StoryCorps Interview Project: Handouts
Handout #1: Handout #2: Handout #3: Handout #4: Handout #5:
Project Overview (separate Word file) Watching Interviews: What Works? What Doesnt? About Interviews: Some Questions to Think About (p. 3) StoryCorps: Tips on Effective Interviewing First Interview Part 1: Preparing for the Interview Part 2: Doing the Interview Part 3: Reflecting on the Interview
Handout #6: Handout #7: Handout #8:
Rubric: Interviewing (separate Excel file) Baskets of Questions form StoryCorps Peer Interviews Part 1: National Day of Listening Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide Part 2: StoryCorps: Suggested Questions for Peer Interviews
Additional handouts will be provided as needed, as the context of this project unfolds.
Handout #2 Watching Interviews: What Works? What Doesnt? Name: ________________________________________ Directions: During the coming week, watch two interviews. They can be on talk shows or news shows. These interviews can be in your first language. Immediately after you finish watching, quickly write down notes to help you remember what you saw and what you thought about it. We will be talking about what you saw in class next Thursday, so bring your notes to class! Interview 1 Name of program Who was interviewed? Who was the interviewer? What did you like about the interview? Interview 2
What didnt you like about the interview?
Is there a question you wish the interviewer had asked? If so, what was it? What were two 1. questions the interviewer asked? 2. What was the most interesting thing about the interview? Did the interviewer encourage the speaker to tell a story? How? 1. 2.
Handout #3 About Interviews: Some Questions to Think AboutDirections: Over the next few weeks, we will be listening to various types of interviews and talking about what we observed in small groups. At the end of three weeks, your group and the whole class will decide what it thinks a good interviewer should do and what a good interviewer should not do. Use this sheet to write down ideas from your group discussions that will help you think about what advice you might give to anyone who might want to do an interview, based on what you have seen in the interviews you have watched or listened to. We will be using this form for three weeks, so at the end of class each Thursday, leave it in your project folder. In what ways is an interview similar to conversation? How is it different?
What are the different parts of an interview?
What do you think makes an interview a good interview?
What makes a story that a person tells in an interview interesting?
What kind of things does a good interviewer do to get someone to tell a good story?
What kind of things does a good interviewer not do? Why
From StoryCorps: Tips on Effective Interview Techniques for Students
A. Tips from StoryCorps, Listening for Production:
Follow-up questions can also elicit detail from a storyteller for a more vivid telling. The question How did hat make you feel? is often effective. Sometimes, youll encounter a participant who, because of shyness , nerves, or something else, is somewhat stuck. In this case, you should ask questions to move the interview forward. If your question is of a sensitive nature, give the participants the option to not answer for example, Would you mind if I asked a question? You dont need to answer if you dont want to.
The key to making it a great interchange is to be curious and have an open heart.
B. Tips from Studs Terkel: The first thing Id say to any interviewer is Listen. Its the second thing Id say too, and the third, and the fourth. Listen listen listen. You dont have to agree with them or disagree with them. Dont push them, dont rush them, dont chase them or harass them with getting on to the next question. Let them take their time. The most important is that it shouldnt sound like questioning. Wha t time did you get up yesterday morning? What time did you go to bed? What did you do in between?none of that. So tell me, how was yesterday? Thats the right way of doing it. Making it sound like youre having a conversation.
From StoryCorps Lesson Plan Introduction to StoryCorps, p. 8 (StoryCorps: Listening for Production and Studs Terkel, with Tony Parker, Interviewing an Interviewer)
Handout #5 Your First Interview: With Your Child PART 1: PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW Directions for Part 1: (1) In groups of parents of children of around the same age, you will decide what questions each student will ask her/his child. Some sample ideas for questions are printed on this sheet . But you know your children best! What questions do YOU want to ask to encourage them to tell you a story that you can share with the class? Brainstorm possible questions in your group. Think how your child might respond to these question. Choose questions that are appropriate for your childs age. Write the questions your group comes up with in the spaces below. (2) As a group, decide on at least four questions that each member of the group will use to interview her child. Put a circle around the four questions you choose. (3) Discuss with your group different ways to begin and end the interview. Think ahead about any problems that might arise in an interview and how you might handle them. Part 1: Group Decision: Interview Questions Possible questions for children (adapted from StoryCorps): What was one of the happiest moments of your life? What was one of the saddest times in your life? What are you proudest of in your life? When in life have you felt most alone or frightened? What was the funniest thing that happened to you? What do you like to learn? How has your life been different than what youd imagined? What is your earliest memory? What do you think your future holds for you? Our own ideas for questions:
Directions for Part 2: (1) Fill in the first part of the sheet before you do the interview. Be sure to write down the questions your group decided all members would ask. Then add whatever other questions you want to ask (to remind you after your conversation with your child begins). (2) Follow the advice of your group in setting up the interview with your child. As the questions you agreed to in the group, and add any others that YOU want to ask. (3) Listen carefully to your child. (4) As soon as the conversation is over, take a few minutes to write down (in your first language or English) some notes about what your child said. Then think about how you might share this in English with your group looking up any words you may not know. (5) Bring this sheet back to class on Thursday to help you to share your childs story! Your Name: Childs Name: Date of Interview: Questions Asked: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Notes:
[Handout #5] PART 2: DOING THE INTERVIEW
[Handout #5] PART 3: REFLECTING ON THE INTERVIEW Directions: After doing something new, it is important to think about what you did and how you did it. Here is a form to help you to do that. It is based upon the Interviewing Dos and Donts our class developed plus a few ideas we talked about in class that came from StoryCorps and other places. YES Preparing for the interview I felt well prepared for this interview Things I could improve in my next interview: During the interview I was able to play the role of interviewer and get my child to respond and share a story. I was able to follow our class advice (our Interviewing Dos and Donts). I was a curious listener. Things I could improve in my next interview: After the interview I took good notes that helped me remember what the person said. Things I could improve in my next interview: NO SOMEWHAT
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Handout #7 StoryCorps: List of Great Questions http://storycorps.org/record-your-story/great-questions/list/ These questions are merely suggestions for getting a good conversation going. We encourage you to use the ones you like and to come up with your own. This list is in no particular order. You may choose one of the categories below, read through them all. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Great questions for anyone Friends and Colleagues Grandparents Raising Children Parents Growing Up School Love & Relationships Marriage & Partnerships Working Religion Serious Illness Family Heritage War Remembering a loved one
1. Great questions for anyone What was the happiest moment of your life? The saddest? Who was the most important person in your life? Can you tell me about him or her? Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you? Who has been the kindest to you in your life? Its been said that after they pass away, the most important people in our lives live within us. Is there anyone from your past that lives within you? What are the most important lessons youve learned in life? What is your earliest memory? Are there any words of wisdom youd like to pass along to me? What are you proudest of in your life? When in life have you felt most alone? How has your life been different than what youd imagined? How would you like to be remembered? Do you have any regrets? What does your future hold? Is there anything that youve never told me but want to tell me now? Is there something about me that youve always wanted to know but have never asked?
2. Friends or Colleagues If you could interview anyone from your life living or dead, but not a celebrity, who would it be and why? What is your first memory of me? Was there a time when you didnt