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Title: Interviewing

Grade: 6-12

Description: Students will be looking at the factors involved when an interview is conducted.

Expectations: Students can gain an understanding of effective interviewing skills, and use those skills if they ever have to conduct an interview, or if they are the ones being interviewed. Through this lesson plan students can see how language can be powerful in spoken form, and that speech can convey thoughts, ideas, and opinion just as writing can.

Student groupings: Students work in groups of two or three when analysing the components of the interview.

Teacher learning/strategies:

Description: Teachers choose a television program in which an interview was done between two people as a model for the students to analyse. After the students are done watching the program, have them analyse the interview based on the following questions:
What types of questions did the interviewer ask?/ How do you think the interviewer prepared for the interview?/ How do you think the interviewer kept the interview on topic?/How did the interviewer conclude the interview?

Assessment: Teachers have the students write a reflection journal. In the journal they should include the following components: why is it important to communicate? how are communication skills important in everyday life? what are the different forms of communicating?.

Adaptations: The teacher can have the students conduct their own interviews in pairs, in which each person gets to interview the other person. The questions can be provided by the teacher, such as:
What is your name?
Where are you from?
What is your favourite colour?
What is your favourite subject at school?
What do you like to do after school?

Source: Rose, Karel. Teaching Language Arts to Children. New York, New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1982: P 300-301

Submitted by: Natalia Charles

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