StoryCorps & The Great Thanksgiving Listen

Join Facing History & StoryCorps for The Great Thanksgiving Listen

I immediately saw this as a chance to empower my students to connect, converse, and listen. It is so important for young people to understand that connecting with another person goes beyond a “like” or a “heart.” If students learn how to carry a conversation, develop inquiry-based questions, and listen to the response, this skill will last and benefit them well beyond this activity.  
- Facing History educator, Crystal Gifford, whose students participated in the 2015 Great Listen.

For the third year in a row, Facing History and Ourselves is partnering with StoryCorps for The Great Thanksgiving Listen. We will work with high school teachers across the country, whose students will interview a grandparent or elder over the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and record their story with the StoryCorps mobile app.

Use the Teacher Toolkit to introduce students to StoryCorps and oral histories, prepare them to ask great questions, and conduct their own interviews. You'll also find examples and ideas for follow-up after the holiday weekend.

The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national project to engage people of all ages in the act of listening. The project is designed for students ages 13 and over to be used as part of a social studies, history, civics, government, journalism, or political science class, or as an extracurricular activity. Students will develop research, archiving, and planning skills; speaking and listening skills; and social–emotional competencies including social awareness, appreciation for diversity, and respect for others.

During The Great Thanksgiving Listen’s pilot year in 2015, high school teachers across the country enlisted their students to interview a grandparent or elder over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and record their story with the free StoryCorps mobile app. The result - over 100,000 people, from all 50 states participated and uploaded their stories into the StoryCorps Archive at the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress, where they will become an invaluable resource for historians and future generations to come.

Learn more about how to participate, and help us spread the word! Follow @FacingHistory and @StoryCorps & use the hashtag #TheGreatListen!

Get Your Students Involved: Sign up for The Great Thanksgiving Listen and download the Teacher's Toolkit. The toolkit will provide you with information on how to incorporate the assignment into your fall activities including lesson plans, follow-up activities, permission slips, suggested interview topics, tech support, and more.

Tag Facing History: If you have a Facing History class or student interested in participating in an interview, be sure to remind them to tag FacingHistoryandOurselves in the submission. We will be featuring student content on Facing Today and our social media channels. 

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