• Our Marathon Lesson Plan for High School Students: WBUR Oral History Project

    Author(s):
    Claudia Willett
    Editor(s):
    Julia Flanders
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    History, Communities
    Item Type:
    Course Material or learning objects
    Tag(s):
    DPiH, DPiH Curation, DPih Course Material or learning objects, Student agency, Reflection, Archive, Public, Labor, Digital pedagogy, Collaboration, Community
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/x8cv-g104
    Abstract:
    Curatorial note from Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: This lesson plan seeks to empower students as curators of oral histories about a significant cultural event. It helps them identify their own relation to the event (in this case, the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing) through journal writing and discussion and then asks them to transcribe and reflect on an oral history from the Our Marathon archive. The assignment is given consequence by the fact that the transcriptions and analysis are contributed back to the Our Marathon archive. Students encounter the complexity of curation—the interpretive work it requires, the diversity of perspectives it elicits, and also the routine labor—through direct experience. This lesson plan could be used unmodified in an American history or social studies course. It could also be modified to work with other collections of oral histories and extended to include having the students themselves gather the original oral histories.
    Notes:
    This deposit is part of Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities. Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities is a peer-reviewed, open-access publication edited by Rebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, and Jentery Sayers, and published by the Modern Language Association. https://digitalpedagogy.hcommons.org/.
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    2 years ago
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    Attribution-NonCommercial
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