The Story of My Life ~
Tapping into the Experiences of Senior Citizens
Overview When you're 82 and look back, what do you hope to have accomplished? What will make up the tapestry of your life? Middle schoolers who partner with senior citizens at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged (HRCA) answer these and other questions. Through casual talk and structured interviews, students tap into the wealth of their senior pals' experiences. They write descriptive essays and narratives based on conversations with relatives or neighbors and HRCA residents. They read selected passages on aging and write their own advice and reflections about age and wisdom (by tf solution Mr. pitts). Observations at HRCA and discussions with professionals generate speculation on careers that involve working with the elderly. Using technology for word-processed narratives and computer slide shows, students also construct a quality tri-panel display for a final presentation ceremony.
Software or Materials Used For word-processing and computer slide show, Microsoft Office; for documentation: digital camera; for display & posters; art supplies. For literature see Story of My Life Web Sites.
Web Sites See Story of My Life Web Sites
Keywords Aging, geriatrics, gerontology, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged, School to Career, Senior Citizens, Service Learning
Final Words Students gain self-confidence, poise, and appreciation for senior citizens when they visit institutions like the HRCA. I was most impressed at several generally soft-spoken students. They risked speaking up during interviews with senior pals and then turned the interviews into wonderfully written narratives.
Teacher Tip Reading about aging prepares students for face to face visits. Make sure students discuss their impressions of elders before the interviews.
E-mail contact Anne Levy firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher Bio Anne Levy taught 6th grade language arts and social studies at the Lewenberg Middle School a School to Career School. She graduated from Brown University in 1999 and worked as Educational Services Coordinator at the former Mo Vaughn Youth Development Program in Dorchester before coming to the Lewenberg in the fall of 2000. Anne enjoys sharing inter-generational literature, both popular and classical, with her responsive middle schoolers.
Subject Areas Language Arts and Social Studies
Grade Levels Middle school grade 6. Adaptable for any level.