webquest was created to support and extend then use of the video
"Dry Gulcher Down" in the classroom. Click here
for a complete lesson plan in support of this video resource.
Preserving the valuable memories of living people is the vitally
important task of an oral historian. Through the interviewing process,
history is recorded from the first-hand experience of the persons
who have lived it. For students of history, past eras and specific
historical events become immeasurably more vivid when supplemented
with the personal stories and anecdotes of individuals. Naturally,
facets of history are continually illuminated by the light of the
smallest of details in a person's life. Oral history is one important
key or tool to this process of illumination.
In this webquest, students follow oral history processes to contact
and interview a World War II veteran or person alive during the
World War II era. They then use the information to write a script
for an historical documentary to be submitted to Old Segundo Productions
for consideration for documentary production.