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The Great Thanksgiving Listen: For Individuals

The Great Thanksgiving Listen: For Individuals

Let’s Get Listening!

Here are some basic resources to get you started. If you want more in-depth materials, we have you covered! Go to our StoryCorps in the Classroom site to download our Toolkit or peruse our Library of Materials.

Our Primary Tools For Recording Your Story

Before starting a new class, students and teachers make sure they have the right notebooks and pencils. The same is true for anyone who wants to be a part of The Great Listen. Pick which tools works best for you; we can support lots of different situations.


Get the Printable Placemat

It’s the connections they’ll remember more than the centerpiece or the stuffing. Download and print the official 2020 Great Thanksgiving Listen placemat, in whatever quantity you need, and you’ll have a sampler platter of Great Questions closer than the salt shaker. Use them as ice-breakers around the table, then after the meal find a quiet place and record your interview with the free StoryCorps App.

Download Printable PDF (size: 8.5″ x 11″)

Under StoryCorps’ terms of use: Children under the age of 13 may not participate in The Great Listen, and parental consent is required for people under the age of 18 to register for a StoryCorps Archive account. You can review the full terms of use at

If you choose to require a parental permission slip, we have included a sample one here that you can easily customize to your needs. (Please note: The permission slip is for school/community use only and should not be submitted to StoryCorps. You should seek further legal advice from your counsel as needed to finalize any terms.)

After recording, students will have the option to publish their interviews. If published, the interviews will be entered in the StoryCorps Archive in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and appear publicly online at If the students do not want to publish their interviews, they can save the interviews to their devices. (Please note: Only interviews recorded via the StoryCorps App can be saved locally to the device.) Students and other participants should not be required to publish their interviews publicly to receive credit. This is to preserve participant privacy. Please see our privacy setting recommendations for those who prefer to keep their recordings private.

Additional Resources

Find answers to your technical support questions in our Help Center.

If you want more in-depth materials, we have you covered! Go to our StoryCorps in the Classroom site to download our Library of Materials.

For our complete educational offerings (including The Great Listen) visit our online learning platform.