Studs Terkel's Working: A Teaching Guide

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An invaluable educational resource for introducing Studs Terkel's classic work of oral history to today's students. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer/journalist Studs Terkel is world famous for his oral histories, considered an innovator in modern ethnographic research. Working, Terkel's most popular book, provides a powerful and original perspective on one of the most basic components of human experience: work. The farmer, receptionist, college professor, mail carrier, stockbroker, athlete, and many others share ...
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Overview

An invaluable educational resource for introducing Studs Terkel's classic work of oral history to today's students. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer/journalist Studs Terkel is world famous for his oral histories, considered an innovator in modern ethnographic research. Working, Terkel's most popular book, provides a powerful and original perspective on one of the most basic components of human experience: work. The farmer, receptionist, college professor, mail carrier, stockbroker, athlete, and many others share their daily routines and dreams in their own words. Working has long been recognized as an ideal teaching tool, presenting provocative material certain to engage students, ignite classroom discussion, and inspire thoughtful writing. Now, helping educators discover a variety of approaches for using Working in the classroom, Rick Ayers presents a comprehensive teaching guide to this celebrated classic. With its 200 pages of classroom materials—including questions, topics for discussion, tips for taking oral histories, and a bibliography of related resources—Ayers' teaching guide is certain to be welcomed by educators everywhere. As an added bonus, it includes a new interview with Terkel himself, offering insight into the making of Working.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565846265
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
I. Teaching Units
Interview Techniques 3
Interviewing Peers 3
Professional Models 6
Interview Assignment 10
Publishing 14
Oral History 36
The Federal Writers' Project 36
Collecting Oral History 39
Issues in Biography 50
Reading Biography 50
Writing Biography 60
Drama 66
Language: An Ear for the Voice 66
Performance: The Human Drama 76
New Economics 81
Research in Economics 81
Interviews in Economics 88
II. Discussion Questions and Activities to Accompany Working
Introduction 95
The Prefaces 96
Book 1 Working the Land 97
Book 2 Communications; A Pecking Order; Did You Ever Hear the One About the Farmer's Daughter?; The Commercial 99
Book 3 Cleaning Up; Watching 106
Book 4 The Demon Lover: The Making; The Driving; The Parking; The Selling 111
Book 5 Appearance; Counting; Footwork; Just a Housewife 113
Book 6 The Quiet Life; Brokers; Bureaucracy; Organizer 124
Book 7 The Sporting Life; In Charge; Ma and Pa Courage; Reflections on Idleness and Retirement 127
Book 8 The Age of Charlie Blossom; Cradle to the Grave 131
Book 9 The Quiz Kid and the Carpenter; In Search of a Calling; Second Chance; Fathers and Sons 134
III. A Conversation with Studs Terkel
The Interview 141
Editing Lesson 162
IV. Resources
Oral History Association 171
Oral History Standards 171
Principles and Standards of the Oral History Association 173
Oral History Evaluation Guidelines 179
Resource Guide 193
Media Literacy Resources 193
Film and Video Resources 193
Oral History Web Sites 194
Bibliography 199
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