Family History Interview
-10/12: Interview should be scheduled and noted on your planner
-10/18: Interview should be completed, interview notes should be typed up, reflection completed and ready to share with classmates
Introduction and assignment description for interviewee:
This is an assignment for a class at Seattle Girls’ School called Social Justice and Cultural Understanding (SJCU).
The goals of this assignment are:
- Interview a family member
- Reflect on their stories and make connections to their own life
- Provide space for students to feel comfortable sharing their family story with classmates
The purpose of this assignment is to connect students with personal stories to help them gain insight into how life was for their family 30-70 years ago.
You have been chosen because you have a valuable experience to offer. Our hope is that this assignment will help your interviewer gain a personal understanding of how systems, particularly in the United States, might have changed or remained the same from the time you were an 8th grader.
Thank you for your time and wisdom!
Guiding interview question: What was life like when you were my age (in 8th grade or just about to enter high school)? OR Describe a day in your life when you were my age.
|After you ask the guiding question, here are some follow up questions you might ask:
-What was the year and where did you live?
-What were things you remember about that time?
-What was important to you at the time?
-Where did you live? Describe the neighborhood you lived in.
-Describe the people you were living around, going to school with, socializing with (racial, income, gender, religion)?
Follow up questions continued…
-What were your out of school experiences or responsibilities?
-What was your biggest concern when you were an 8th grader?
-Did you notice any differences between boys and girls at your age?
-What is family and what makes one?
-Is family important?
-Culturally, how do we define family?
–What internalized messages do we get about family?
-What language do we use about family that makes assumptions? Example: Using the phrase “parents” instead of “guardians”
What to turn in:
- Detailed and typed interview notes (one page minimum). It can be difficult to stay engaged in an interview and record everything your interviewee is saying. Consider recording your interview if you have the technology available to do so and transcribing it after the interview.
- Typed reflection
Part 1) Answer each of the following questions (minimum of one paragraph for EACH question)
-What was something you learned?
-What was something that surprised you?
-What similarities and differences did you notice between your interviewee’s responses and your own life?
Part 2) Pick ONE of the 3 I’s of Oppression questions and respond (minimum of one paragraph)
-What messages did your interviewee internalize growing up (about themselves, their family, race, religion, class, or culture)?
-What interpersonal experience(s) did your interviewee share about either gender, race, religion, class, or culture and how were they impacted by this experience?
-What institutions were either oppressive or beneficial to your interviewee and how were they impacted?
FINAL NOTE: Both your interview notes and reflection should include a heading with your name, class, assignment name, and date. Interview notes and reflection should be double spaced, Times New Roman, size 12.