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Closing the Generation Gap through Interview

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Nelda LeCroy

Dr. Catherine G. Raulston


Isabella High School

University of Montevallo


This podcast describes a collaborative project in which students determined, with several options available, to conduct research about the past by interviewing people who lived during the Great Depression. The students had read Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, which depicted hard financial times. They explored traditional research methods (books and Internet) but decided on Interview with elderly residents from a nearby nursing home to achieve the most "local" information possible.  

Length: 2:33

Aligned to the following ALEX lesson plan:

Fried Green Tomatoes & Cultural Crossroads

Content Areas: English/Language Arts, Social Studies

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

[ELA] (8) 4: Apply strategies appropriate to type of reading material, including making inferences to determine bias or theme and using specific context clues, to comprehend eighth-grade informational and functional reading materials.
[ELA2013] (6) 7: Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they "see" and "hear" when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch. [RL.6.7]
[ELA2013] (6) 17: Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue. [RI.6.7]
[ELA2013] (6) 19: Compare and contrast one author's presentation of events with that of another (e.g., a memoir written by and a biography on the same person). [RI.6.9]
[ELA2013] (6) 32: Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study. [SL.6.2]
[ELA2013] (6) 35: Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information. [SL.6.5]
[ELA2013] (7) 8: Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history. [RL.7.9]
[ELA2013] (7) 31: Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study. [SL.7.2]
[ELA2013] (7) 34: Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points. [SL.7.5]
[ELA2013] (8) 16: Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea. [RI.8.7]
[ELA2013] (8) 34: Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest. [SL.8.5]


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