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The Power of the Story: The Voice of Witness Teacher’s Guide to Oral History

The Power of the Story is a companion resource for teachers using titles in the Voice of Witness series. 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.

The Power of the Story includes:

  • Over 20 flexible core curriculum-aligned lesson plans
  • Narrative excerpts from the Voice of Witness series
  • Step-by-step instructions for creating oral history projects in the classroom and community
  • Teaching strategies for oral history and other classroom resources

Grades: Adaptable for middle and high school

Time Needed: The content provided in The Power of the Story can be utilized over the course of a unit, semester, or even year of oral history-based learning.


  • Students will read oral histories with a critical and empathic eye, making connections across narrator experiences and distinguishing personal narratives from other versions of recorded history.
  • Students will engage in all stages of an oral history project–from preparation and planning their interviews to editing and sharing their final narratives.

Physical copies of The Power of The Story are available for purchase here.

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