Activity: Being Canadian
SHEET 7: INTERVIEW A LOCAL GREAT CANADIAN
Description of Local Great Canadian (e.g., coach, mother, teacher, etc.):
Setting up the Interview
Ask your potential interviewee if you can have ten minutes of their time. Explain to them that you're working on a school project about local great Canadians, and that you will be writing a short paper about them. Make sure you offer to make a copy of your paper for your interviewee (it's only polite!).
Once you have decided on a time and a place, make sure you bring paper and a writing implement. Use the questions below, and come up with some additional questions of your own. Don't be afraid to follow up a question with another question. Take notes (you'll be surprised at how much you forget!). If you have access to a voice recorder, you can always record the interview. Make sure you ask the person's permission before recording.
- Be polite and respectful, even if you don't fully agree with the person's point of view.
- Ask open-ended questions (questions that don't have a "yes" or "no" answer).
- If you don't understand the answer, or want the person to give you more details, prompt for more information (for example, ask something like "Could you tell me more about that?" or repeat the last thing they said, turning it into a question: "You left your home when you were 12?")
- What kind of childhood did you have?
- Who were your influences?
- Tell me about your neighbourhood.
- What's important to you?
- How do you make a difference?
- How would you like people to remember you?