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Possible Interview Questions
Young adults can use this printout to interview a friend, family member, or acquaintance to learn more about the interviewee's life.
Adolescents can get a firsthand account of history by using this set of interview questions. Young adults can use this tool to interview a wide variety of people and then follow up by using the answers to write a story, do a podcast, or make a video, among other things.
- Find a friend, family member, or acquaintance whom the child you are working with finds interesting or intriguing. Ask this person if they would mind being interviewed so that your child can learn about his/her background.
- Print one or more copies of the "Possible Interview Questions" sheet and make it available to the child or children with whom you are working. Ask the child to look through the questions to make sure he/she understands what he/she will be asking the interviewee. The student may also want to write additional questions to ask the interviewee.
- Find a nice, quiet place where the young adult and the interviewee can meet where both people will be able to maintain their focus and can have an uninterrupted interview.
- Allow the two parties to get to know each other and eventually begin their conversation about the interview questions.
- Wrap up this activity by discussing with the young adult that you are working with about what he/she learned about the person they interviewed and invite them to write down any follow up questions they'd like to ask the subject at a later date.
- Discuss with the young adult with whom you are working what surprised them most about the interview. Ask them why they were surprised by this new information they learned about the person they interviewed.
- Have the child you are working with write a poem describing the person they just interviewed. Or, if they prefer, students could write an "I Am" poem as if they were the person that they interviewed.
- Ask the child that you are working with to write a short story, do a podcast, or make a video about the life of the person they interviewed. Include clips or quotes from the interviewee themselves.