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“Our America” Young Adult Literature Conference,

St. Charles, Illinois, October 23 and 24, 2009

Online Resources

  • Extraordinary stories from everyday people. Record a StoryCorps interview at our StoryBooth, or learn how to record on your own. Our mission to inspire and enable people to record each others' stories in sound. http://www.storycorps.net/

  • We spend the hour with radio pioneer. Isay¹s new book is “Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project” by Dave Isay, who founded StoryCorps, the largest oral history project in the United States. Listen/Watch/Read at http://www.democracynow.org/2007/12/3/listening_is_an_act_of_love

  • Here’s a list of “Great Questions” from Storycorps that will allow interviewers to open up interviewees in general ways or to get right into some compelling content around a specific subject or theme. http://www.storycorps.org/record-your-story/question-generator/list

  • The Library of Congress makes a wealth of audio, photography, and video from oral history projects available online. Here’s a link to a page of Oral History Lesson Plans. http://memory.loc.gov/learn/lessons/oralhist/ohhome.html

  • Guidelines for Oral History Interviews from The History Channel http://www.history.com/classroom/oralhistguidelines.pdf

  • Since 1996, the Teenage Diaries series has been giving tape recorders to young people around the country to report on their own lives. They conduct interviews, keep an audio journal and record the sounds of daily life—usually collecting more than 40 hours of raw tape over the course of a year. You can link to the “Teen Reporter Handbook.” http://www.radiodiaries.org/teenagediaries.html
  • Putting Documentary Work to Work. This publication is part of a national documentary project, Indivisible: Stories of American Community. http://www.indivisible.org/pdf/docWork_Eng.pdf

  • The American Folklife Center provides online access to selected portions of our collections. We create our own online presentations on various topics and the American Memory project provides additional online access to selected collections. Online content may include audio samples of music and stories, digital images of rare letters and photographs, and video clips. To use the featured collections in their entirety, please visit our Collections & Research Services page for information about doing research in our Reading Room. http://www.loc.gov/folklife/onlinecollections.html

  • At the Voices page, Chicagoans speak about whatever they wish to speak: their current jobs, their memories of wars, their feelings about death, their loves toward people or candy or buttons. Some of the voices are from hospice patients. Also has a page of teens voices. http://www.chicagosoundmuseum.org/

  • Celebrating its second decade, City Lore's mission is to foster New York's - and America's - living cultural heritage. http://www.citylore.org/

  • The stories we are willing to share with one another give our culture its values, beliefs, goals, and traditions, binding us together into a cohesive society, allowing us to work together with a common purpose. Storytelling lives at the heart of human experience—a compelling form of personal communication as ancient as language itself. http://www.callofstory.org/en/storytelling/
  • Exploring and Sharing Family Stories. In this lesson, students are encouraged to explore the idea of memory in both large- and small-group settings. Students access their own life experiences and then discuss family stories they have heard. After choosing a family member to interview, students create questions, interview their relative, and write a personal narrative that describes not only the answers to their questions but their own reactions to these responses. These narratives are peer reviewed and can be published as a class magazine or website. http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=805

  • Step-by-Step Guide to Oral History © Judith Moyer 1993, Revised 1999 http://www.dohistory.org/on_your_own/toolkit/oralHistory.html

  • The Studs Terkel Conversations with America web site is dedicated to making the works of Studs Terkel accessible to diverse set of users: researchers, students, teachers, and the general public. To this end, resources will continue to be added and developed for the site. The web site forms the newest collection in MATRIX's digital repository, Historical Voices. Part of the Digital Library Initiative II funded in part by the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Historical Voices is one of the first fully functional, multi-media, interoperable digital libraries available online. One of the primary goals of each of these projects will be the development of a rich set of exhibits and educational curricula utilizing audio files as a key component of these resources. http://www.studsterkel.org/


  • Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide; Donald A. Ritchie; ISBN: 0-19-515434-7

  • Forty-Cent Tip: Stories of New York City Immigrant Workers; Introduction by Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco; Edited by What Kids Can Do; Next Generation Press; ISBN: 0-9762706-4-1

  • Pass it On: Interviews by Youth with Mentors that Matter; by the Students of What Kids Can Do; Edited by Kathleen Cushman; Next Generation Press; ISBN: 978-0-9762706-8-3 
  • Voices of Our Time: Five Decades of Studs Terkel Interviews [UNABRIDGED] (Audio CD); Author: Studs Terkel; Publisher: Highbridge Audio; Original radio broadcast; 7.5 hours on 6 CDs edition (June 16, 2005); ISBN-10: 156511969X; ISBN-13: 978-1565119697

  • Division Street: America (Paperback); by Studs Terkel; Publisher: New Press; 1 edition (April 24, 2006); ISBN-10: 1595580727; ISBN-13: 978-1595580726

  • Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do (Paperback); Author: Studs Terkel; Publisher: New Press, The; Later printing edition (February 28, 1997); ISBN-10: 1565843428; ISBN-13: 978-1565843424

  • Studs Terkel's Working: A Teaching Guide (Paperback); Author: Rick Ayers; Publisher: New Press, The (March 2001); ISBN-10: 1565846265; ISBN-13: 978-1565846265

  • American Dreams: Lost and Found (Paperback); Author: Studs Terkel; Publisher: New Press; Later printing edition (April 1, 1999); ISBN-10: 1565845455; ISBN-13: 978-1565845459

  • Coming of Age: Growing Up in the Twentieth Century (Paperback); Author: Studs Terkel; Publisher: New Press (May 1, 2007); ISBN-10: 1595581723; ISBN-13: 978-1595581723

  • The Good War: An Oral History of World War II (Paperback): Author: Studs Terkel; Publisher: New Press, The (January 1, 1997); ISBN-10: 1565843436; ISBN-13: 978-1565843431

  • Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession (Paperback); Author: Studs Terkel; Publisher: New Press, The (April 18, 2005); ISBN-10: 1565849892; ISBN-13: 978-1565849891
  • Teen Ink: Our Voices, Our Visions (Paperback); Authors: Stephanie H. Meyer and John Meyer; Publisher: HCI Teens (September 1, 2000); ISBN-10: 1558748164; ISBN-13: 978-1558748163

  • Teen Ink: Written in the Dirt: A Collection of Short Stories, Poetry, Art and Photography (Teen Ink Series) (Paperback); Author: Stephanie H. Meyer; Editor: John Meyer;  and Publisher: HCI Teens (April 1, 2004); ISBN-10: 0757300502; ISBN-13: 978-0757300509

  • There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America (Paperback); Author: Alex Kotlowitz; Publisher: Anchor (January 5, 1992); ISBN-10: 0385265565; ISBN-13: 978-0385265560

  • Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools (Paperback); Author: Jonathan Kozol; Publisher: Harper Perennial (August 3, 1992); ISBN-10: 0060974990; ISBN-13: 978-0060974992

  • Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation (Paperback): Author: Jonathan Kozol; Publisher: Harper Perennial (September 27, 1996);  ISBN-10: 0060976977; ISBN-13: 978-0060976972

For further inspiration

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