Blog #97 – 9/11/01 Oral Interviews
Michigan Department of Civil Rights – http://www.michigan.gov/mdcr/
Federal Department of Justice Civil Rights division – https://www.justice.gov/crt
3 questions due Monday, May 22 by class.
Subject: The 9/11/01 terrorist attacks and the days afterwards.
Suggested equipment: paper and pen/cil for notes; maybe a phone to record the interview.
- Get permission to take notes / record interview.
- You can use the questions below or add more / different questions – try to make questions that elicit more than a “yes” or “no” answer. You can always ask follow-up questions for clarification, explanation.
- Keep eye contact, nod and smile at appropriate times.
- Thank them for their time after you’re done. Also, ask them if they’d like a written transcript of the interview. Provide them w/ one if they say yes. (For this assignment, you can direct them to the blog website: grovesapush.edublogs.org).
- What is your name? How old were you on 9/11?
- What is your first memory of when you first heard about the attacks? What kind of conclusions did you come to about the planes crashing into the buildings (did you at first think it was an accident or was it something worse)? Why?
- Where were you when the attacks happened? What were other peoples’ reactions to the attacks?
- Have you ever been to New York City or Washington D.C.? If so, how did that affect your reactions to the attacks? If not, how did the attacks alter / change your views of the cities and their inhabitants?
- Did you know anyone in the cities? If so, did you try to contact them to see if they were o.k.? What was the conversation like?
- If you were stranded in another city after 9/11, how did you cope with being away from family?
- What were other peoples’ reactions like in the days after the attacks?
- Could you describe your most vivid memory of that day, 9/11?
- How did life change for you in the immediate aftermath of the attacks?
- What do you remember of the media coverage of the attacks?
- What did you think of President Bush’s address later that night? (Show them the transcript here or video below.)
- How did life change for you and your family in the weeks and months after 9/11?
- Now that it’s been almost 15 years since the attack, how do you think America has changed since that day? Why?
Share a minimum of five questions and answers on Blog #97 (300 words minimum) and include your personal reaction to the interview and the shared memories of 9/11/01 (100 minimum). If you interview more than one person for this blog, please indicate the persons’ names.
Blog due by Monday, May 22nd by class.