About Our Project and Partridgeberry Productions
Our project began as a Social Studies assignment in Mr. Sheppard's history
class at Mount Pearl Junior High School. As part of our Grade 9 History
course in Canadian history, we worked on a web page. Mr. Sheppard, our teacher,
came up with the idea of dividing the class into pairs and assigning each
pair a decade of Canadian history and heritage to study. The "decades
project" would encompass one hundred years of Canadian history and
would include political and social developments including human interest
items such as sports, music, fashion and fads.
We were working one day in the computer laboratory when Mr. Sheppard
informed the class of the Heritage Web fair competition. A group of us decided
to change our focus from the "decades project" to the creation
of our own heritage web site. We decided to focus our research on oral interviews
so we began to set up interviews and record the information.
It was already April and the Heritage web fair was scheduled for May
so we didn't have much time. Mr. Sheppard suggested a format and we went
to work. First we thought about doing only a few interviews and combining
them with research from secondary sources. We accessed several sources in
Newfoundland history. However, we quickly found that the interviews were
more interesting so we decided to focus primarily on that method of research.
We found that we learned more from interviews than from books. The interviews
required us to listen. In a way, we felt like the researchers when they
researched the books. With the work completed, we entered the web site competition
and won locally. Then we took the site to a competition in Kingston, Ontario.
The process was quite a learning experience. We found that our community
of Mount Pearl has a rich culture because the residents brought their traditions
with them. Although our city is not on the sea, many of the people who have
lived here spent time in communities near the sea. Their 'traditional heritage'
has now become part of our own.
||The students of Partridgeberry Productions and their sponsor teachers, Nath
Sheppard and Rob Stewart|
We enjoyed just listening to the stories of the people we interviewed.
In many ways, it was an extension of what we had often heard from our own
grandparents. When you actually hear a person recall their own experiences,
it's much easier to understand and appreciate than simply reading it in
a book. It doesn't seem to be so long ago, we felt a real connection to
the past. When we asked questions, the faces of the individuals we interviewed
would light up as they reflected on their own experiences. We could see
how important it is for them.
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