According to research, on any given day, as many as 250,000 veterans
are living on the streets or in shelters, and perhaps twice as many
experience homelessness during the course of a year. Students interview
some of these veterans at a Homeless Veterans Shelter. Publishing
their stories in a class newsletter gives students a chance to apply
their editorial, journalism, and public relations skills.
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Understand, analyze, evaluate, respond to oral presentations.
Conduct effective discussions.
Make effective presentation.
Employ a variety of writing formats and use technology to complete
and enhance work.
1. Coordinate and plan voluntary interviews
with shelter's public relations department.
2. Respond to Key Questions in journals:
What is an Interview?
What jobs and special training are available
to soldiers during and after service?
3. Share responses with class.
4. Interview students to demonstrate
5. Prepare questions for interview.
6. Stage a class mock interview.
7. Divide into pairs and practice peer
interviewing and note taking.
8. Role play for the entire class. Listen to
9. Word process and polish interview
10. Conduct interview at shelter.
11. Return to class and use notes to send
veterans thank you letters and to
write up interviews.
12. Publish a class newsletter featuring
A Soldier's Story.
13. Share newsletter with school
community, family, and veterans shelter.
After shelter interviews, student pairs complete Interview
Check List and share resulting story with community.
Students research military occupations and understand the importance
of training for career goals before, during, and after service.
New Teachers Handbook, 1998: IMPACT II, The Teachers Network
(for interview tips); journals, Interview
Check List thank you letters and newsletter
Students use Microsoft Word to word process questions, Check List,
and stories; publish newsletter with PageMaker; research the homeless
and the military on the Internet.
Teacher reviews journal entries; observes and gives feedback during
mock interviews; critiques Interview Check Lists; evaluates newsletter
Research on the military is available at: http://www.va.gov