Think Pair Share – what do you expect to hear from these people talking about their lives?
Print off the worksheet (see the Learning Activities page for more activities) and pair up with a classmate. The interviews with Older Australians focus on their life experiences and their views about certain issues. Some questions you could discuss with your partner (there are lots more!) include:
- What might people talk about when they are being interviewed about their life? - What might you expect to hear from older Australians who have lived here, and overseas, over many decades? - What do you think being older is like? what sorts of things do you imagine you could do/be unable to do? - Do you know older people? What is your relationship with them? - Do you respect older people? Why/why not? - Do you think older people deserve respect? Why/why not?
Venn Diagram – compare the older Australians' stories of growing up with your own experiences or and/or that of your parents/grandparents.
Print off the worksheet (see the Learning Activities page for more activities). You can do this activity on your own or with a partner or group. The interviews with Older Australians reveal bits and pieces about how/where they grew up. Use the Venn diagram to examine similarities and differences between their lives and your own - or someone older that you know. These might include (but you could think of more!):
- where they were born and grew up - what their family life was like - how long they went to school - what celebrations they observed with their family
Y Chart – imagine what it might be like growing/being older.
Print off the worksheet (see the Learning Activities page for more activities). Try this activity on your own - there are no right and wrong answers. This is about trying to imagine what is might be like to be or grow older. Try thinking with empathy ('putting yourself in someone else's shoes'). The interviews with Older Australians might give you clues as to how some people feel or think about being older.
What might being/growing older LOOK like? What might it SOUND like? What might it FEEL like?
Consider things such as physical aspects (e.g. you might not see or hear as well as when you were younger) but also emotional and psychological aspects.
- Might you feel lonely? Why? - Might you feel that you were not listened to? By whom? - What about how you might feel as part of the wider community? - Is there a chance you may feel left out? Not respected? Why might this be the case?
Conducting your own interview with an Older Australian
It is hoped that the materials on this site might inspire you to arrange your own interview with an older Australian. Forging friendships with people with such rich life stories can be a very rewarding experience for both people involved. It might be your grandparent, your next-door neighbour, or someone down the road at your local aged care facility.