Here’s what the page says,over at the Never Forget Project Question and answer page:

The students at West are currently busy building a list of questions we’d like to ask of all Weber students and faculty. These questions can be cut and pasted from this page into your own personal biography page. Simply answer the questions as they are.

Once the students and faculty from the Weber School have completed their work, the students at West will take over to create the histories.

Additionally, we’ll be reading quite a bit about each other. If you need further information on your subject, such as:

Is there something about a family history that you didn’t understand?
Is there something you’d like to know more about?

please pose that question in the Current Questions page. When asking a question of someone, please link to their History Page.

This means that we workers at West are creating biographies of the students at the Weber school. Our job is to take the knowledge we do have of the Holocaust and the time period, and to create questions we think would enable our interviewees to tell their family histories.

Once we’ve created our list of questions, we need to post them to the site so that the Weber students may complete their end of the work.

if at any point any of us feel as though something has been left unanswered or unasked, I want that person to contribute to a dialogue between our classes.

Grading

For the students here at West, this project is worth 160 points — by far the largest and most extensive work you’ve done all year.

20 points for your own research — the interview you conducted with your family.
20 points for your family history — the biography of your family.
20 points for following the conventions of a written work — in print
organization
paragraphing
spelling
Following the MLA conventions
20 points for submitting your personal family history to the site.

20 points for your biography of a Weber School member
20 points for following the conventions of a written work — in print
organization
paragraphing
spelling
Following the MLA conventions
40 points for submitting the family history to the site.

For the students here at West, I’m requiring that they become interviewers, as well as biographers. In order to do that, we need to practice a bit with:

  • How to interview a subject.
  • What do we need to know about our subject before conducting an interview?
  • What kinds of questions are acceptable?
  • Make a list of questions.
  • In what order should we ask our questions?

That should set us straight on the Q&A part of this exercise, because after that, Dana’s students at the Weber School will fill in the informaiton we seek. Once they’ve completed that end of this exploration, it’s our turn to turn their answers into a story. And at that point we need to focus on:

  • Summarizing
  • Paraphrasing
  • Quoting

How do we boil down all those words into the real meat of the story?

At what point do we need to paraphrase the author, or paraphrase another text in order to tell this story. We’ll have to add in some outside information at some point, just to clear things up.

When do we need to just let our interviewee speak for himself/herself?

How do we turn this into a paper that makes sense, and is worthy of our interviewee?

Welcome to the Never Forget project blog.

The Never Forget Project is a cross-country, cross-cultural exploration of family histories

The two participants in this discussion are Dana Huff’s students at The Weber School in Atlanta, GA, and Kevin Murphy’s 8th grade Language Arts classes at West Middle School in Nampa, ID.

In this project, our classes will work together to create living histories in rememberance of the Holocaust, and to explore the similar roots all cultures share.

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