An Oral History Project
It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end. Ursula K. Le Guin
When I was in college, at UC Davis, I interviewed my grandmother, Romilda Sanson for an oral history paper in Dr. Wendy Ho's Women's Studies class. I learned her favorite recipes, the extraordinary and beautiful story of her life, how she met my grandfather, Segundo, shown here beside her, and I was able to begin to try to imagine what it would be like to raise a family when there was war on your country's soil. When I became a teacher, I knew a project like this would be very important.
The Journey Project's structure is based on an oral history project conducted by students at Balboa High School in San Francisco, CA. Under the instruction of their teacher, Lisa Morehouse, students interviewed a family memeber who had migrated. Students then wrote an oral history narrative essay in their interviewee's voice. The end product was a book entitled I Might Get Somewhere published through 826 Valencia: The Writing Center, a non-profit in San Francisco.
In the fall of 2007, students from El Camino High School in South San Francisco, CA began an online version of this project. While interviewing someone who has migrated from another country or state, their main goal was to find a universal life lesson from their interviewees' journey. Please come along with us on this journey by sharing in the important stories that without my students, would not have been told. Feel free to contact me for more information.
Thank you to Lisa Morehouse for being an inspiration for all teachers, to John Yap for donating the digital recorders so students could conduct the interviews, thank you to my grandmother for telling me her story, and thank you of course, to my students for having the courage to ask challenging questions and to write the story of someone else's life.
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