After completing your list, you are ready to email three classmates and request an interview with each. Using the email addresses from the class roster, write to three classmates and request an interview. Exchange emails with three of your classmates with the purpose of discovering one significant and interesting characteristic that makes each person unique and special.
It is helpful to create a list of questions to ask your classmates that reveals information about that person. Decide what information you are looking for, and then construct questions that help you find the right answers. You might ask questions that reveal the person's background, family ties, likes and dislikes, hobbies, experiences, school and academic preferences, goals and aspirations. You will also be interviewed by your classmates, so have your prepared information at hand.
There are four different types of questions that elicit different information:
questions: ask for only a short answer, usually "yes" or "no" or one or
questions: ask for
answers that are detailed and give more information.
questions: ride on the back of another question; a follow-up question.
questions: ask for a person's opinion.
As conversation gets rolling, focus on one aspect of each person's life or personality that would make a good topic for a paragraph about the person. As you conduct your interview, keep in mind that sometimes the best question stems from an answer to another question. Listen (or read) carefully your interviewee's responses and ask follow-up questions. Think about activities you do, like playing games and sports, going to movies, family activities, going to school, etc. Ask your interviewee questions about these activities and be alert to responses that tell you about the person's interests. Try to draw out specifics: How long, how many, when, etc.
When you have finished the interviews, reread the emails from your classmates and summarize what you learned in an organized manner.