The Great Thanksgiving Listen

The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national education project that empowers high school students to create an oral history of the contemporary United States by recording an interview with an elder over Thanksgiving weekend using the StoryCorps App.

Interviews are entered into the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and on where they become an invaluable resource for future historians and provide families with a priceless piece of personal history.

In its pilot year of 2015, thousands of high schools from all 50 states participated and preserved over 50,500 individual recordings at the Library of Congress. In 2016, StoryCorps will continue to work with educators around the country to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend.

Not a teacher or a school? You can still participate & make history.

Download the StoryCorps App, select your questions, and take some time to listen and record a loved one this Thanksgiving. their stories will be preserved for future generations to discover. Check out more “Recipes for Success” and share your interviews with us by tagging #TheGreatListen and @StoryCorps.

What’s New In 2016? Updated Teacher Toolkit

The free Teacher Toolkit contains everything you need to get started planning for your classroom today, including background information, permissions slips, worksheets, activities, and a lesson planning guide. Updates to the 2016 Toolkit include:

  • Easier to use, streamlined approach with better wayfinding for teachers and students
  • Supporting multimedia resource page with great video and audio tools
  • Follow-up activities for your students
  • More in-class and follow-up activities
  • Updated Great Questions list

Click here (or Toolkit image) to download the file.
(PDF, 20 pages)

Know a high school student or teacher? Help us spread the word.

Use this language to invite a teacher, high school student or someone you know to take part in this historic effort:

“I am going to be participating in StoryCorps’ Great Thanksgiving Listen and it made me think of you! Would you join me in this effort to record the voices of an entire generation over Thanksgiving weekend?”

Share this page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter #TheGreatListen. Not a teacher or a school? You can still participate.



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