Guides and Toolkits

Say It Forward: A Guide to Social Justice Storytelling
Say It Forward is a DIY oral history guide that outlines best practices for social justice storytelling and community-based projects.

Ethical Storytelling Principles
VOW’s ethical storytelling principles are grounded in values of respect, dignity, empathy, transparency, collaboration, and equity. These principles are relevant to many forms of community-based storytelling and programs.

Voice of Witness Student Workbook: Oral Histories of Displacement and Determination
This VOW Student Workbook features two oral history narratives in an immersive, accessible format. Free lesson plans are also available.

The Power of the Story: The Voice of Witness Teacher’s Guide to Oral History
This comprehensive guide allows teachers and students to explore contemporary issues through the transformative power of oral history, and to develop the communication skills necessary for creating vital oral history projects in their own communities.

Oral History Resource Guide For English Language Learners
Voice of Witness’s education program develops curriculum that directly supports students in migrant, multilingual, and English Language Learner communities. This guide contains activities, handouts, and reading strategies to make oral history accessible to students at all language levels.

Oral History Cookbook Guide
Creating an oral history cookbook provides students with the opportunity to connect with their own cultural knowledge while building speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. This guide helps educators facilitate an oral history cookbook project.

Stagg High School VOW Class Toolkit
This toolkit shares a collection of high-impact projects and assignments for educators interested in creating their own oral history units or classes.

Voices From the Storm Script
The play Voices from the Storm, adapted from the VOW oral history book, weaves together the true stories of Hurricane Katrina survivors.