Interviewing is a very important skill in the work world today. It is both important to learn how to interview and to be interviewed. This lesson gives students an opportunity be both interviewer and interviewee. The first lesson involved brainstorming about questions for the interview. This lesson involves the interview process itself. It is important for students to feel comfortable about the interviews. Surprisingly, most students are quite shy about interviewing. A somewhat outgoing student can become very shy when it comes to asking questions. Thus, practicing helps students feel more comfortable and empowered when talking to their peers.
The main objectives of this lesson is to teach the following skills:
- how to be an effective interviewer and take good notes
- how to be a good interviewee and respond to questions
- how to think quickly and come up with good follow up questions
The interview can be conducted in two ways: in person in the classroom or over the Internet for classwork or homework.
- In person interviews: students need pad, paper and need to have prepared the questions in advance.
- Online interviews: students need Internet access and email addresses and can put the questions in writing
- Explain the interview process.
- Demonstrate good interviewing techniques
- Show examples of good interviewing techniques by showing such shows as Larry King Live and 60 Minutes
- Allow students to interview one another
Go over the notes taken in class and organize them.
If you have gaps in the information, then get ready to do a follow up interview
Start writing the lead of the article and bring the lead to class to share
- Did students get good information in their interview?
- Did students use follow up questions
- Did they write down the information in an organized way?
- Are most of their questions open questions?
Connections to Standards:
National Core Standards
Comprehension and Collaboration
- 1. Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
- Be prepared for students being afraid to ask questions. Reassure them that it is OK to ask what seems like "difficult questions." It is impossible to write a good article about routine information. Put students together in pairs
- You might want to match up the pairs of students who don't know each other. It makes it more interesting for the students. It also helps them get acquainted with everyone in the class.
- While it might seem like a waste of time for students to be talking to each other, interviewing is a very important skill.
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