StoryCorps: The Great Thanksgiving Listen

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The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national education project that empowers high school students to create an oral history of the contemporary United States by recording an interview with an elder over Thanksgiving weekend using the StoryCorps App.

Interviews are entered into the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and on StoryCorps.me where they become an invaluable resource for future historians and provide families with a priceless piece of personal history.

In its pilot year of 2015, thousands of high schools from all 50 states participated and preserved over 50,500 individual recordings at the Library of Congress. In 2016, StoryCorps will continue to work with educators around the country to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend.

  • An Introduction to StoryCorps from our Founder Dave Isay

    Dave Isay, the founder of StoryCorps, talks to his nephew about the origin of StoryCorps, the importance of listening, and reminds him that everyone has a story to tell.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Teacher Toolkit

    The free Teacher Toolkit contains everything you need to get started planning for your classroom today, including background information, permissions slips, worksheets, activities, and a lesson planning guide.
    Grades: 8-12
  • The Great Thanksgiving Listen

    The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national education project that empowers high school students to create an oral history of the contemporary United States by recording an interview with an elder over Thanksgiving weekend using the StoryCorps app. Interviews are entered into the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and on StoryCorps.me where they become an invaluable resource for future historians and provide families with a priceless piece of personal history. To get started, download the free StoryCorps app using any smartphone device. Available on itunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/storycorps/id359071069?mt=8 Available on google play - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bottlerocketapps.storycorps

    Grades: 8-12
  • Interview Tips with Steve Inskeep

    Here are some resources to improve your interviewing and listening skills.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Examples of Animated Stories From StoryCorps

    Watch these animated stories with audio from interviews recorded in StoryCorps booths. These are as great examples of the types of stories that can emerge from interviews. What kinds of things do you think you will hear when you interview your family at Thanksgiving?

    Grades: 8-12
  • Dave Isay's 2015 TED Talk

    Isay introduces the StoryCorps app, gives background on StoryCorps and discusses the ways the app will allow StoryCorps to reach even more people than ever before.
    Grades: 8-12
  • Dave Isay's 2016 TED Talk

    Isay recaps the success of the 2015 Great Thanksgiving Listen, shares clips from interviews and expresses his excitement for the ways TGTL will grow.

    Grades: 8-12

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