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Oral history is a valuable tool for education, community building, and advocacy. Sharing first-person stories from people—in their own words—illuminates issues and events in a powerful way.

Voice of Witness creates oral history resources to support individuals, organizations, and classrooms with ethical storytelling, community-based oral history projects, and human rights education. We have seen firsthand how they resonate with participants of all kinds, inspiring connection and belonging, empathy, and community engagement. All lesson plans are Common Core-aligned and feature social-emotional learning practices.

Learn more about the benefits of oral history and the impacts of oral history education.

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Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons Curriculum
These accompanying lesson plans allow students to examine intersectionality and gender bias as well as reproductive rights within the context of the U.S. criminal justice system.
Lesson Plans  •  Grades 9-12
Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons Curriculum
Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice Curriculum
These accompanying lesson plans bring home these realities in a personal and relatable way, allowing students to grapple with the human costs that lie at the heart of this pertinent contemporary issue.
Lesson Plans  •  Grades 6-8  •  Grades 9-12
Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice Curriculum
Nowhere to be Home: Narratives from Survivors of Burma’s Military Regime Curriculum
In this corresponding curriculum, students will examine the rights of political prisoners in Burma, making personal connections and connections to political prisoners around the world.
Lesson Plans  •  Grades 6-8  •  Grades 9-12
Nowhere to be Home: Narratives from Survivors of Burma’s Military Regime Curriculum
Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives Curriculum
These accompanying lesson plans for Hope Deferred create a point of entry for examining the past and present history of Zimbabwe, a Southern African country struggling with the legacy of colonialism, oppressive political leadership, and a collapsed economy.
Lesson Plans  •  Grades 9-12  •  Higher Ed
Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives Curriculum
Throwing Stones at the Moon: Narratives From Colombians Displaced by Violence Curriculum
These accompanying lesson plans explore the cultural, political, and emotional realities of being forced from one’s home or country of origin.
Lesson Plans  •  Grades 6-8  •  Grades 9-12
Throwing Stones at the Moon: Narratives From Colombians Displaced by Violence Curriculum
High Rise Stories: Voices From Chicago Public Housing Curriculum
This corresponding curriculum guides students in exploring themes of community, displacement, and poverty in the wake of gentrification, all through a lens of listening to voices that have long been ignored.
Lesson Plans  •  Grades 6-8  •  Grades 9-12
High Rise Stories: Voices From Chicago Public Housing Curriculum
Invisible Hands: Voices From the Global Economy Curriculum
These lesson plans provide students a point of entry for understanding economic systems from a human perspective, creating an opening for critical exploration of the ethical, moral, and legal issues connected to these systems.
Lesson Plans  •  Grades 6-8  •  Grades 9-12
Invisible Hands: Voices From the Global Economy Curriculum
Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture Curriculum
The lessons in this unit explore oral history narratives from the men, women, and children working in California’s fields who grow and harvest the food many Americans eat every day.
Lesson Plans  •  Grades 6-8  •  Grades 9-12  •  Higher Ed
Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture Curriculum