First Trimester Schedule
|August 25||Introducing Project to Teachers||Review Data from Fall 2021 – Spring 2023
Re-Develop Project with the ELA Instructor.
|September 1||Introduce Project to Students||Read “The Project”
Go over “The Schedule” with students
|September 8||Review Data on Communities of Care.||Slides “Experiencing a Community of Care” and “Losing Trusted Adults”
Potential In-Class Writing Assignment: How do you feel S2 could be better at cultivating a community of care?
|September 22||Review Data on Patterns of Anxiety (Academic & COVID-19)||Slides “Patterns of Anxiety,” “Academic Anxieties,” “Becoming Mature Learners,” “Standardized Test Anxieties,” “Seeking Help from Staff,” “COVID-Related Anxieties.”
Potential In-Class Writing Assignment: Can you relate to any of your peers’ academic or health-related anxieties? Was it surprising to hear how widespread these anxieties were?
|September 29||Review Data on Patterns of Anxiety (Social)|| Slides “Initial Difficulty Making Friends,” “Fear of Losing Friends,” “Loving Self,” “Desires to be Fierce”
Potential In-Class Writing Assignment: Which anxiety was most surprising to you and why? Which was least surprising?
|October 6||Review Data on Why This Project Matters||Slides “Why This Project Matters,” “I’m Not Alone,” “Student Want to Be Heard,” “Youth Leadership Makes Project Possible,” and “The Praxis of Oral History”
Potential In-Class Writing Assignment: What’s something last year’s project got right? Something last year’s project got wrong?
|October 13||Develop Oral History Project||Go Over How to Conduct Oral History Project: “The Assignment“
Review the importance of ethics and confidentiality.
|October 20||Rework Oral History Script as Class||Go over the list of questions with the students currently titled “Bad Draft.” Identify those questions you like; those you want to change and questions you want to add that you feel are missing. Collectively alter the script as a class.|
|October 27||Rework Oral History Project in Class||Have students submit names of at least three people they would be willing to interview/be interviewed by.
Offer alternative assignments (3–5-page essays based on other ELA work) for those students not wanting to conduct interviews, or be interviewed.
|November 10||Announce Partners from 8th Grade||Assign partnerships for oral history projects.
Re-review ethics and confidentiality.
Practice recording on phones.
|November 17||Interviews Due||Submit interviews during class time to email@example.com dropbox account. Make sure to label the interviews with the interviewee’s first and last name.
Potential Writing Assignment: How could we improve this work for Trimester III?
|December 1||Reflections||Create space for class reflections on what went well and what did not go well.|
Second & Third Trimesters
|December-March||Processing Data||Dr. Finesurrey and the team of alumni will organize the data from the Fall interviews.
Dr. Finesurrey and alumni will work with a group of 8th-grade researchers on a presentation for Oral History of the Mid-Atlantic Region Conference
|March||Going Over Data with Teachers||Review Processed Data From Fall 2023
Re-Develop Project with ELA Instructor
|April||Review Data with Students||Have students choose groups to analyze quotes and create presentations on key questions.
Youth research team present at the Oral History of the Mid-Atlantic Region Conference.
|May||Presenting and Writing||SEL group presentations.|
|June||Redesigning and Executing Oral History||Redesign oral history scrip for Spring 2024.
Conduct Oral Histories.
|July||Writing Camp/Processing Spring Interviews||Dr. Finesurrey and the team of alumni will organize the data from the Spring interviews.
A smaller group of 8th grade researchers will help write an article/create an academic presentation based on their experience.