10-16-14 Instruction and HW

1.10 Reread & Evaluate the Liddell
You’ve been introduced to an interview narrative about Chuck Liddell,
now you will look at an interview transcript (note: the interview
narrative you read in 1.9 is NOT based upon this transcript in 1.10).
Now you are going to evaluate the transcript questions.
↗ In your text (page 46 and 47):
↗ FIRST: Label each questions O (open-ended) or C (close↗
↗ SECOND: Evaluate the effectiveness of each question
↗ 1 = I learned a lot about the person from this question
↗ 2 = I learned something about the person, but I wanted to learn
↗ 3 = I did not learn very much about the person from this
↗ Share and discuss your evaluation of the
Chuck Liddell transcript questions with a
1.10 Evaluating the Liddell
• In Partners:
– Go to page 48 “After Reading” and follow the directions to complete #4.
Use the table to revise 3 questions you identified as being the least
effective (questions that you likely gave a 3 when conducting your
evaluation). You may also create a follow up question.
– Complete #5 on page 49 (sequence of questions)
• Individually:
– Complete the “Check your Understanding” – what strategies can you
use to make sure you have effective interview questions?
• Next, exchange your interview questions. Evaluate your partners
questions using the same process you did with the Chuck Liddell
transcript (c= closed, o=open; 1, 2, 3). Do any questions need to be
revised to make them more open-ended? Are there enough
questions that are beginning, middle, and end? Do they have
“coming of age” questions? Do they have follow up questions? Be
prepared to share at least two questions from your pair.
1.9: Reading an Interview Narrative
(WMD’s by Brian O’Conner)
Anything not completed in class is HW & is due tomorrow
• Go to 1.9 Reading an Interview Narrative (p. 41-42). Make
sure you have read WMDs by Brian O’Connor and that you
have annotated for:
– Details that would not be from an interview transcript
– Descriptions/details of appearance, actions, and speech of the
– Underlined DIRECT quotes
• Do a second reading and answer the Key Ideas and Details
questions in the margin in your text
• Complete the “After Reading” #4 and #5 on parallel
structure (page #43)
• Read about the SOAPSTone strategy and fill out the chart
on page #44 AND write a response in your text to the
Check your Understanding questions.
10-16-14 Homework
• 1.9 Reading an Interview Narrative (instructions on slide
3) – ALL due tomorrow 10-17-14
• Revise and add to your interview questions. Make sure
they are in a logical sequence, and that you have
enough beginning questions that cover (background for
your introduction), middle (growing up, adult life,
coming of age-like questions), and end (questions to
wrap up the interview). Type them up and bring them
tomorrow, Friday, 10-17-14 (see slides 5-9 and my
website for help on writing questions)
• Interview planning sheet – turn in A.S.A.P.!
• 1.7 Marigold’s character narrative paragraph – due
Monday, 10-20-14
Questions don’t have to be “at
what point did you grow up?”
• Who has been the most important person in your life? Can you tell me
about him or her?
• Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that
person teach you?
• What did you think your life would be like when you were older?
• What are you proudest of?
• When in life have you felt most alone?
• If you could hold on to one memory from your life forever, what would
that be?
• How has your life been different than what you’d imagined?
• How would you like to be remembered?
• Do you have any regrets?
• What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?
• If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self during those
times, what would you say?
The beginning
• You’ll want to start with background
questions. Questions about where he/she
grew up, what life was like, etc.
• You’ll want to get background of where they
are now: career, family, etc. This is information
you will then use in your narrative
introduction and possible closing.
The middle and end
• The middle questions should require a bit
more reflection on your interviewee’s part.
This is where a lot of the coming of age and
growth will be explained.
• The end may want to connect back to life now.
How everything comes together to have led
them to the place he/she is now.
↗ Do I have strong open-ended questions geared specifically
towards my interviewee?
↗ Do I have possible “follow-up questions” to accompany
questions that may need a follow up?
↗ Do I have enough beginning, middle and end questions?
↗ Do I have a question or two that will effectively end the
* See the sample interview question documents on my website
if you need more help identifying questions to use or how to
create a question.
Additional Example
↗ What is a TRANSCRIPT?
↗ There are many examples of interview transcripts online. You
may go to the following link, or search for interview transcripts if
you need more examples.
Student Interview Transcript: University of Arizona

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