Educators' Guide

Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan: Development and Flooding: Is There a Connection?
In this lesson, students will take their knowledge about the hydrosphere and apply it to the issue of population growth and development.
Grades 9-12 - Science

Lesson Plan: A Survivor's Story: How Does it Really Feel?
In this lesson plan, students will look at photographs of women and discuss their first impressions. After listening to an excerpt from an oral history, students will gain empathy for a flood survivor of 1999's Hurricane Floyd. They will contrast their first impressions of the photographs with what they learned in the oral history. Students will write a personal reflection that demonstrates their understanding of how emotional experiences might contradict outward appearances. The lesson plan is accompanied by teacher's guides to the oral histories, complete with talking points and questions for discussion, as well as the oral history recordings and transcripts for the students.

Lesson Plan: Measuring the Waters
Students will discuss how humans use measurement to predict and plan for events. Students will learn how to use different tools for measurement, and which are better for long term or short term use. Using an excerpt from an oral history about measuring flood waters during Hurricane Floyd in 1999, students will understand how people devised ways of keeping measurements during that flood and earlier floods.
Grade 5 - Math

Oral History Resources

Audio Toolkit for Teachers
Become familiar with the audio format you will use with these oral histories and troubleshoot any potential problems before using audio in your classroom.

Oral History Overview
Gain a broad understanding of how you can use oral histories with your students (no matter what subject you teach,) why they are important, and what tools are available to make using oral histories much easier.

Other Resources
A list of other websites that use or explain oral histories.