Organization Tip for Oral History Work
   Keeping track of information and processes

Make a checklist of all the steps students will be completing within the oral history project (interview arranged, tape & release form collected, transcript typed, story written, slides gathered for presentation, story posted on web, thank you sent, etc.)

  • At the top put the veterans name and contact information and the names of the students working with him/her.
  • Attach the checklist to the front of a manila envelope.
  • Put all the envelops in a central crate or file cabinet in the classroom. Have students keep their tape, drafts of projects, and a disk with back up files of everything they are working on in the folder.

This works especially well if students are working in pairs or groups. Even if one student is absent, the others still have access to all the work. This also allows students to work during different periods of the day and not have to find one another to get materials out of lockers or off a computer. In the classroom, you also have easy access to what students are working with throughout the process.

The checklist also helps students track their personal progress through the project and helps with organization

I also post a spreadsheet with all the interview subjects (and students working with them) listed vertically and all the steps of the project listed horizontally. We mark off each piece as we finish. This allows the whole class to see our collective progress and keeps us organized.

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