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ERIC Number: ED440018
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 102
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Talking Gumbo: A Teacher's Guide to Using Oral History in the Classroom.
Dean, Pamela; Daspit, Toby; Munro, Petra
From Cajun bayou country to Creole New Orleans, gumbo is a culinary tradition in south Louisiana, a gift from the state's rich, multicultural heritage. There are as many recipes for gumbo as there are households that make it, and every family has its own "secret" recipe. This teaching guide suggests that incorporating oral history into secondary and middle school classrooms is a lot like cooking this popular dish, and that gumbo and oral history have much in common. Part 1 of the guide, "Choosing the Recipe," explains what oral history is, what it can contribute to the classroom, and why the concepts of student-centered learning and real-world writing may be adjuncts to oral history. Part 2, "Cooking It Up," presents the fundamentals of planning and conducting an oral history project, from picking a topic that fits into the curriculum, to marshaling resources, learning to record useful interviews, and transcribing and preserving the recording with forms, checklists, and even the script of the video, "You've Got to Hear This Story," to help the teacher keep at least one step ahead of the students. Part 3, "Serving It Up," covers writing about, interpreting, and analyzing the interviews, sharing the results of the work through various public performances, and assessing student work. Part 4, "Lagniappe," (Appendix) includes lesson plans prepared by Louisiana State University graduate students, a selected 50-item annotated bibliography of works about or based on oral history, and a list of world wide web pages. (BT)
Williams Center for Oral History, 226 Middleton Library, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3300 ($34.95). Tel: 225-388-6577; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana