III. Essential Question

The Essential Question for this Project is:
How do we as young community members define our local history?

Below are content specific guiding questions:

Social Studies:

  • In what ways do the lives our local Lummi Indians and family stories of local settlers parallel the events you have studied in your US History course?
  • In what ways do the stories from the interviews change your perspective about our community and your understanding of the history of the United States?


  • How is writing someone’s biography different from simply transcribing an interview, or different from writing a fictional story?
  • How do you write a personal history/family history from your interview while maintaining historical accuracy and void of personal bias?


  • In what ways does the Oral History Project help you extend your classroom learning to create a new relationship between Windward High School and our local community?

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