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Going to the Show: Lesson Plans

Conduct your own oral history project

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Learn more about early moviegoing experiences:

UNC DocSouth Going to the Show
Going to the Show documents and illuminates the experience of movies and moviegoing in North Carolina from the introduction of projected motion pictures (1896) to the end of the silent film era (circa 1930)

For additional background information on the Going to the Show digital collection:
Carolina Arts & Sciences, Fall 2008
see pages 18-20, Going to The Show: Historian Chronicles N.C. moviegoing through new digital archive, by Kim Weaver Spurr

Audio-Visual Conservation at the Library of Congress
The Library is home to more than 1.1 million film, television, and video items. With a collection ranging from motion pictures made in the 1890s to today's TV programs, the Library's holdings are an unparalleled record of American and international creativity in moving images.

Moving Images Collection website:

Field Trip
Visit the Audio-Visual Conservation Packard Campus theater, in Culpeper, Virginia, to view a film. Description, schedule and directions can be found at:


Oral history collections

Conducting Your Own Oral Histories

Learn more about using oral histories in the classroom:

The Value of Oral History:

Resources For Teachers: Oral History Overview:

Resources For Teachers: Other Resources:
Includes a list of and links to other oral history projects.

Oral history links and resources

Southern Oral History Program
The SOHP Practical Guide:
SOHP's popular Practical Guide represents a comprehensive introduction to critical aspects of oral history fieldwork. The Guide includes a full complement of resources to assist in the design, execution, and processing of oral history interviews.

An Oral History Bibliography
SOHP's bibliography includes sections on oral history theory and methodology, ethical considerations and legal issues, citations to key journals and videotapes, and a compendium of exemplary books and articles based at least in part on oral history research.

Making Sense of Oral History:

Library of Congress - The Learning Page
Using Oral History Lesson

Oral History Association:

Regional Oral History Office: Tips for Interviewers

Related Pages:

A record of school desegregation: Conduct your own oral history
In this unit for grade 8, students will research the history of school desegregation, and will use their knowledge to conduct oral history interviews with community members. Students will reflect on the experience through writing.

Related Topics:
American history, North Carolina, North Carolina history, history, oral history

Introduction  |   Activities 1 - 3  |   Activities 4 - 6  |   Oral History Record Packet  |   Learn More