Teaching Guides

The Power of the Story: The Voice of Witness Teacher’s Guide to Oral History

Teaching Guide. Edited by Cliff Mayotte. 2013 (2nd edition).
A guide to explore contemporary issues through oral history, and to develop the communication skills necessary for creating oral history projects in communities.

Themes: Language Arts, World History/Global Studies

powerofthestoryThis guide, which begins with the aspiration to allow “those who are ignored, marginalized, and stripped of their humanity to finally tell their stories,” is a valuable collection of teaching strategies to help students work with the extraordinary oral testimonies included in the Voice of Witness books.

These include Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives, Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice, Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons, and Surviving Justice: America’s Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated.

Teachers will find the lessons in this teacher’s guide to be a rich source of provocations to engage with human rights dramas throughout the world. [Description by Rethinking Schools.]

Published by Voice of Witness.