ANALYSIS GUIDE for ORAL HISTORIES

OBSERVE REFLECT QUESTION
Identify and make notes about details Make Inferences Question, Observe & continue to Reflect
Describe what your notice.
Are there unfamiliar words?
Can you detect an accent?
Is it a conversation or an interview?
Is anything happening in the background?
What was the purpose of this oral history?
What was going on when it was made?
What can you infer about the person telling the story?
Is it more personal or historical?
Why do you think the storyteller told this story?
What can you learn from this oral history?
What do you wonder about...?
Who do you wonder about...?
When...?
Where...?
Why...?