Slang of 1950-1990
PowerPoints with links to songs, film, tv, and more for 1970's, and 1980's (note most pictures do not show up as they could not convert to google presentations.
1984-1985, Graduated 1989
Jordan, New York
Jordan-Elbridge Jr. Sr. High School
What was 7th grade like is a project that asks students to be historians. This project requires students to research, question, interview and interpreting. Students need to interview someone over 30 years old by next Monday (Sept. 24). We will begin constructing students' multimedia presentation the week of the 24th.
The two essential questions guiding this project are:
1. What does a historian do and how do they do it?
2. How has life changed since your parents were in middle school?
Get out those year books, report cards and pet rocks. Have fun with this project and help you children understand how the past impacts them. They are very excited about this project. In the end they will digitize your images, stories and "your life" for future generations to view and learn from". Unless we share history, it is forgotten!
For another great example of how vital it is to share and record our lives, check out
StoryCorps. StoryCorps is a nonprofit company with national sponsors including NPR, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, CPB, etc. In their words, " Our mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives."
**Viewer discretion is advised because of the content of some stories.
Here are some interviewing tips from StoryCorps:
Start the interview by stating your name, your age, the date, and the location of the interview. Then ask your storyteller to do the same.
Remember, the questions you prepared in advance are just suggestions. Trust your instincts: if something interests you, ask more about it. Sometimes the storyteller may need to know that it’s okay to talk about a certain topic. Grant permission by saying, “Tell me more.” Avoid saying “uh huh” or interrupting. Take breaks if you need them.
Keep the Conversation Flowing and Listen closely.
Stick with the good stuff.
Ask emotional questions.
Respect your subject.
Take notes during the interview.
Be curious and honest, and keep an open heart.
Wrap It Up! We’ve found that 40 minutes is a good length of time for interviews, but you can talk for as long or as short as you like. Before you turn off the recorder, ask the storyteller if there is anything else he or she wants to talk about. Then make sure to thank the person; opening up can be difficult. Let him or her know that it was a privilege to listen to the story.
Below are a few more images from high school and an example from last year. We looked at these images today and talked about how images are primary resources and tell us about the past. They got a kick out of "Big hair" and dress. What will your year book teach them.