This “The Roots of Interpretation — Good Stories Well-Told“ Lesson Plan [PDF] guides interpretive trainees through activities to identify the qualities of effective interpretation. Trainees will discuss what they already know that works well, and consider how to build from that solid foundation to adopt/include more audience-centered strategies.
This lesson plan was developed for the Forging Connections Through Audience Centered Experiences classroom training. You can use or adapt it for seasonal training or other park interpretive training and it will be useful at all developmental levels.
At the end of the session trainees should be able to:
- List 5 necessary qualities of an effective interpretive program
- Explain the need for changing interpretive techniques and theory in order to keep up with changing needs of the audience
Looking For More on Audience Centered Experiences?
You can find much more self-guided learning and all of the materials for making yourself an ACE in the Audience Centered Experience Interpretation workbook.
You can find links to seasonal lesson plans which support this emerging skill set in the Audience Centered Experience Trainers’ Guide.