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Enrichment Lesson 3: Eyewitness Interview

Students will use online resources to answer specific questions about an earthquake or volcanic eruption. They will present their information in interview (question and answer) form.

Students will:
  • Use resources to collect information on a specific topic.
  • Organize and interpret information.
  • Present information in a given format.

One 45 minute class period. Time will vary since students will be working independently.


Teacher Preparation
  • Familiarize yourself with the links in the Student Activity.

  1. Direct students to Enrichment Activity #3 Eyewitness Interview in the Student Activities section of this web site.
  2. After students have completed the activity, you may give them time to share their writing in small groups.

Assessment Suggestions

Student Activity

 Eyewitness Interview

In the following, activity you will use resources to answer specific questions about a an earthquake or volcano of your choice.

  1. Select an important earthquake or volcanic eruption that you would like to learn more about. You may choose from one of the lists found at the following links or choose another earthquake that is of interest to the class.
  2. Pretend that you are a reporter who has been assigned to conduct an interview with a person who experienced the earthquake or volcanic eruption that you chose.  Make a list of questions that you would ask that person. Keep in mind that your goal is to not only to inform your readership, but to make your interview into a piece of  interesting and compelling reading.
  3. Based on the information you have found in the resources above, pretend that you are the earthquake or volcano survivor being interviewed and answer the questions as though you were he or she.
    If you know or can contact someone who has lived through an earthquake or volcanic eruption, use the questions you have prepared to interview him or her instead of answering the questions yourself.


Optional Activity: Turn your interview into a television report. Ask a friend to assist you in "acting out" the interview for the rest of your class.



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