Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sophs- Oral History Project

622- American History

Oral History Project- 1st quarter requirements

What is oral history?

Oral history is an interview that records a person’s recollection of experiences, thoughts, and feelings about a specific event or a period of time. By showing how national events affected the lives of individuals, oral history adds a personal dimension to our study of the past. Members of your family and community can surprise you with a wealth of information and insights into major events of their time.

Objective: Students will analyze primary accounts of 3 ordinary American people who experienced a significant event in America history. You will have requirements each quarter to collect the information needed for your final paper, which will be due at the end of the 4th quarter.

Timeframe of event: 1940s-1979

1st quarter requirements:

1. Choose a topic. Due: Friday, Sept. 25

a. Choose a topic that interests you. Brainstorm. Ask your parents for advice. The topic can relate to any historical, political, economic, social, or cultural event in American history.

b. Think about what family member, friends of family, neighbors, etc. who have experienced a significant part of American history.

2. Research the topic using secondary sources. Due: TBA

Submit a one page report with background information and sources. You will be provided with a handout for this section.

a. Your textbook is a good place to start.

b. Use our library to check out books.

c. Obviously the Internet is another good source.

3. Create a list of 20 interview questions about the event. Due: TBA (this will most likely be due in the 2nd quarter)

a. When thinking about questions to ask, remember that you are trying to re-tell the individual’s story. Therefore, get as much detail as possible.

b. These questions must be typed and numbered.

The following are only ideas. You may choose to do a different topic. These are only ideas, I encourage you to do a unique topic.

- Civil Rights Movement- Martin Luther King Jr. - Watergate scandal

- Assassination of John F. Kennedy - Vietnam protests

- The counterculture movement - Steel Pier

- The moon landing - 1970s oil crisis

- The Vietnam War - Pearl Harbor bombing

- Beatle-mania - World War II

- The Korean War

- Cuban Missile Crisis


AJ TROTT said...

1. In the 1970's during the oil crisis costs quadrupled by OPEC.
2. This showed how much control the middle east had over the United States.
3. The middle east stoped exports to the United States for there support of Israel.
4. Prices rose from 25 cents to over a dollar in a few months.

Alex M said...

1. President Kennedy was murdered during the height of the cold war.
2. He was killed while riding through Dealey plaza.

Andrew B. said...

The Moon Landing of 1969
1. First ship to go on he moon was the Apollo 11.
2.Many other ships tried to go to the moon but one could not the Apollo 13's oxygen tanks exploded.
3. John F. Kennedy said that by the end of the decade they would a man n the moon.
4.The Apollo 11 successfully landed on the moon in July 20, 1969.
5.The U.S.S.R. had made the opening gambit, sending the first artificial satellites into orbit, with the 184-pound Sputnik I in October 1957.
6.They were on a race with us to see who could do the fastest, who could put people in space first.
7.The Soviets than put the first animal in space, Laika, a dog. The dog did not survive though.
8.Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were some of the first humans to go to the moon.
9.Armstrong said, about his moon landing experience,"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
10.The crew landed back to Earth in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969.

Evan F said...


1. 1957 Paul McCartney successfully auditioned at a church fete in Woolton for the guitarist for the Quarry men
2. Quarry Men was led by John Lennon
3. 1961 Brian Epstein became the Beatles manager after seeing them play at a cavern
4. 1962 the Beatles broke through the UK charts with their debut single “Love Me Do”
5. Until 1964 America had proven a barren ground for British pop artists
6. The Beatles performed on the Ed Sullivan show on February 9th 1964 and then surpassed UK sales with 73 million people watching
7. USA made Beatles merchandise
8. “Yellow Submarine” and “Eleanor Rigby” made top of the charts in 1966
9. 1967 they had enough material to release 13 new tracks on Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club. Sgt.
10. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, which included photos of every influence on their lives that they could remember

11. First British rock group to perform on U.S. television
12. Meet the Beatles, which became the fastest-selling album in U.S. history to date.
13. They scored more No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts than any other group in history with 20 chart toppers
14. "Love Me Do," their first Top 20 hit in the United Kingdom
15. They were among the first bands to write their own material
16. John Lennon told a newspaper reporter that they were more popular than Jesus Christ right now in 1965
17. The band broke up in 1970 and each member went on to pursue a solo career
18. 1978 The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
19. In 1995 an album called Retrospective Anthology was released and was one of the fastest- selling albums in history.
20. John Lennon was shot by a deranged fan in 1980

21. August 16th 1962 Pete Best leaves the Beatles
22. August 18th 1962 Ringo Starr joins the Beatles
23. March 22nd 1963 The album “Please Please Me is released in the UK and becomes a hit album
24. October 1963 Beatle Mania starts to spread throughout Europe
25. February 12th 1964 The Beatles perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City
26. Second time on the Ed Sullivan Show 70 million people watch them
27. March 31 1964 The Beatles hold the top 5 slots on the Billboards chart
28. April 4 1964 The Beatles hold 14 slots on Billboards Hot 100 chart
29. The album “Beatles for Sale” is released in the UK and hits number 1
30. The album “Help!” is released in the UK and became the number 1 hit there