Update: Nov 9, 2018
Project 2. Interview an Older Friend
This activity helps you find out about an older friend or family member. Have an adult help you write down the answers. Choose a person from a different generation to interview. It is best if it's a family member. If possible, choose a person who is at least 65 years old or older to interview.
1. Interview Questions: (No 1-word answers!)
1. Did you have a favorite toy? If it was a doll or stuffed animal, what was its name?
2. What was your favorite candy? Do you associate it with a particular person or time?
3. Did you have pets? What kind and what were their names?
4. Did you have a nickname? How did you get it?
5. Did you have chores? What were they?
6. Describe how and where you played as a child.
7. Did your childhood home have a yard? What was it like?
8. Did you have a favorite bedtime story, song, or poem?
9. Where did you go to school? Who/what was your favorite teacher or grade? Subject? Was homework easy or hard?
10. Did you ever want to run away? Why?
11. What is your favorite childhood memory?
12. Can you remember a historic event that happened while you were a child? Who told you about it?
13. Did you ever experience a natural disaster such as an earthquake, forest fire, tornado, or hurricane?
1. What was your first job? What was your best teenager job?
2. Did you date? Did you go to your high school dances, games or other activities? What do you remember about them?
3. What were the clothes/fashions when you were in your twenties?
4. Did you go to college or technical school? What did you study?
5. What are you really good at? How did you learn your skill?
6. What kind of music did you listen to? Do you remember a certain song from that time of your life?
7. What was your first home or apartment like? Describe the kitchen appliances!
8. Did you have any children? How did you choose their names?
9. What was the funniest moment you ever had with a child (yours or someone else's)?
10. What is the scariest moment you've ever experienced?
11. What was the best vacation you ever took? Why is it so special?
12. What was the best thing about this part of your life? The worst thing?
1. What is your favorite hobby or activity?
2. Do you enjoy a slower pace now, or are you as busy as ever?
3. Has retirement been good or bad?
4. What things do you get to do now that you couldn't when you were young?
5. Do you have grandchildren? What do you like about spending time with them?
6. What do you remember about your own grandparents and parents?
7. What are some of the biggest changes you've seen in your lifetime?
8. What president or public figure did you admire most in your lifetime?
9. What age was the best of your life and why?
10. Do you have one piece of advice?
2. Looking Back:
1. What was the best thing about the interview?
2. What is the most important thing you learned about your older family member?
3. What similar experiences have you had?
4. Do you think you'll be like this person when you get older?
5. What stories will you tell about the age you are at now?
3. Product: Choose one or more of the following:
1. Add a photograph to your interview.
2. Record an audio or video version the interview to create an oral history for the older person.
3. Draw a picture of the person you interviewed.
4. Think of your own idea for a presentation
Interview of an Older Friend By ____________________________
My Friend's Name is: __________________________
I know him or her because:
_______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________
1. Choose at least 5 questions from your friend's childhood,
5 questions from your friend's young adulthood, and 5 questions from your friend's older adulthood.
Total 15 questions You can use the suggested questions or make up your own. Write down (best handwriting, proper sentences) or type the answers. 30 points in speaking and listening 2. Look back at what you learned from the interview. Answer the 5 questions in the "Looking Back" section. 10 points in narrative writing 3. Add an appropriate photograph, oral history or artwork to your interview. 10 points in comprehension
Total: 50 points Due: December 10-14 (presenting about 6 each day)
Project 1. My Backyard at Night - Due Tuesday, September 25th
A blue packet was sent home with each student. There are some special instructions with it.
- Memorize the poem "In My Backyard" instead of Spelling/Vocab next week.
- You will not be able to see every phase of the moon, but take a look at the Harvest Moon on the 24th if you are awake!
- All packet pages must be complete and pictures carefully colored
- This project is due on Tuesday, September 25th