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Help Students Make History: Participate in StoryCorps’ The Great Thanksgiving Listen

NCSS is pleased to partner with StoryCorps for The Great Thanksgiving Listen. The Great Listen is a national project that empowers young people to create an oral history of the contemporary U.S. by recording an interview with an elder using the free StoryCorps App. Interviews become part of the StoryCorps Archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress where they will serve as an invaluable resource for future historians. Now in its fifth year, the Great Thanksgiving Listen has grown from an experimental challenge issued by StoryCorps Founder Dave Isay into a vital intergenerational movement. To date, thousands of high schools from all 50 states have participated and preserved over 100,000 interviews, providing families with a priceless piece of personal history. The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a free technology-based assignment originally developed for high school students studying American History, Social Studies, English, Language Arts, Journalism, Drama, ESL, Media and Technology. It has also been applied successfully in classrooms, universities, OST environments, community centers, living rooms and kitchens across the country. Teachers and administrators can learn more and sign up to receive updates, special curriculum, and the 2019 digital Teacher Toolkit by signing up at www.thegreatlisten.org. Another great way to engage directly with other educators and StoryCorps Staff is by joining the StoryCorps in the Classroom Facebook group.

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