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Final Life History Paper

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7/17/2020 2:34:12 PM

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07/17/2020 22:59



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6     Double-spaced (1800 words)

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These are all the instructionsPlease upload your final Life History paper here as a single pdf or .docx document. If you need to cite something from the course, I have provided a course works cited page.Preview the documentDirections and Grading RubricINSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR LIFE HISTORY PAPER (100 total points)Life History PaperFor this assignment, you will conduct a life history / interview with another individual and submit a 6 page, double-spaced written account of that interview with an additional partial transcript or detailed notes.InterviewYou can choose whomever you would like to interview for this assignment. The topic of your interview can be anything you choose (we will discuss this in our second weekly assignment) but you can take that interview in many different directions. It can explore an experience for the interviewee for their family; it can refer to peoples’ specific relationships to others, to places, to moments in history; it can refer to specific actions and decisions and perspectives and individual has had over their course of their life.The interview should be semi-structured (we will discuss what this means in a weekly exercise), meaning some mix of general questions and some improvisational question-asking depending on the responses and interests of the interviewee. From one of the weekly exercises you should have written down 5 or 6 open-ended questions you might ask and practice with your recording device, or by jotting notes. The easiest way to do this is by recording the interview with your phone, or some other device, and going back later to record a transcript of the conversation. However, this can also be done with notes if a recording device is not available, but students often have a more difficult time with this. During the interview you may want to keep some running notes by hand to help you find things afterward on the tape, although you do not have to if this feels distracting. After the interview, have the interviewee sign a consent form or verbally inform them of what their information is going to be used for and how this information will be stored and distributed. (Although institutional review board clearance is not required for oral history interviews, having signed consent forms is good practice.) After the interview, you should immediately type up your notes and summarize the conversation while it is still fresh in your mind. Also note details about the setting that might be helpful to convey to a reader: if in person, what was the setting like? Was there anything striking about how the person was dressed or spoke? What was the tone of the conversation like? etc. Normally, I ask students to conduct these interviews in person; however, due to current COVID mitigation issues I highly suggest interviewing someone remotely via zoom, skype, whatsapp, phone, etc. (preferably through a medium where you can interact visually, as your visual field is a way that you may pick up on other aspects of response)Post-InterviewUsing your notes to help you, select a 5-10-minute passage of the interview that seems particularly compelling for transcription. If you like you may download a trial version of Express Scribe Transcription Software for free on your computer. The transcription software will allow you to slow down or speed up the recording to assist with typing at an even pace. Pay close attention to nuances of language and emotional affect. If someone laughs, cries, or expresses other emotions you might want to note this in parentheses in the text, i.e. (laughter), (angrily) etc.Write-upIn your 6 page (double-spaced) write-up, offer a description of the interview, convey the general themes, the tone, and setting of the interview, what you learned from it, what it says about your key concerns to you, and anything else that feels relevant. Offer quotes from the transcription to support your points. In capturing quotes, you can leave out “ums” and “ahs;” if there is a word missing that is needed to help the reader understand something you can add it in brackets [ ]; if there is a phrase, clause, or sentence that distracts from the point, you can cut it if you put in ellipses (i.e. …).In your introduction, you should include an opening paragraph as to why you choose this person to interview. Secondly, after the introduction to you include a very detailed 1-2 paragraphs of framing research that relate to your reasons for conducting an oral/life history interview with this person. Or why is interviewing this person important to you? i.e. if your reason was an event they experienced give some context to that event, if it is an occupation give it some context, if it is about social relationships family marriage practices, kinship, experiences etc. These framing paragraphs should include at least two outside sources to give your discussion some context, i.e. peer-reviewed academic journal articles or news articles (When you make stat

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