Capturing the Voices of the Bay

What stories can we learn from interviewing members of the fishing community?
Grades: 6 - College


In this activity, students will learn more about the "place" where they live - Monterey Bay - and the people who helped build Monterey’s reputation as one of the best-known fishing communities in the world.

Working individually, and in groups, students will research, plan, and conduct personal interviews, first with each other and then with actual citizens in the community, to capture the rich stories, traditions, and knowledge that define Monterey’s fishing legacy.

Place-based learning allows students the opportunity to deeply explore the historic, economic, environmental, and cultural dimensions of a particular “place” and, perhaps more importantly, how all these dimensions inter-connect through the lives of those who live and work in the region.


  • Students will gain research skills by using a variety of sources, including the internet, published articles, historical archives, and personal interviews.
  • Students will strengthen their critical thinking and analysis skills as they evaluate various data sources, published and/or unpublished information, and web-based resources.
  • Students will develop interview protocols and skills.
  • Students will learn to work individually and in groups to plan and conduct interviews of people associated with a Monterey fishery.
  • Students will actively engage in a meaningful and memorable way with citizens who live and work around Monterey Bay.
  • Students will learn how to effectively use a variety of media to gather, organize, and present creative stories.
  • Students will improve their ability to evaluate information gathered and to make critical choices when presenting that information to each other and/or to a broader public audience.

Time: 400 minutes

Education Standards


Science: NS.9-12.6 Personal and Social Perspectives. K-12.2 Places and Regions. NSS-G.K-12.5 Environment and Society.
Language Arts: NL-ENG.K-12.2 Understanding the Human Experience. NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills. NL-ENG.K-12.5 Communications Strategies. NL-ENG.K-12.8 Developing Research Skills.


English/Language Arts: Writing Strategies (1.0). Written and Oral Language Conventions (1.0). Listening and Speaking (1.0).
History/Social Science: Grade 11, United States History and Geography: Continuity and Change in the Twentieth Century (11.2.2, 11.5.7, 11.8.6).
Visual and Performing Arts: Grade 8: Creative Expression (2.1, 2.3).

Ocean Literacy

6. The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected (b, c, e, g).

Activity Guide & Powerpoint

activity guide

Activity Guide (pdf 80 KB)

Printable Materials

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Online Resources

Fishermen Interviews & Fishing Videos


teacher evaluation

Teacher Evaluation (fillable pdf 220 KB)