Imagined Life Podcast, Listening Skills Podcast Activity PDF & Google Drive CCSS

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Laura Randazzo
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11th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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Love this resource! So easy to use! Students like it, and I love that it provides students something to keep them personally responsible as they listen to the podcasts.
This was a great resource! My junior class is extremely burnt out from remote learning. Using the Imagined Life podcast and this activity has been a lifesaver!


Imagined Life is an innovative podcast that turns biographies of famous figures (think Elon Musk, Muhammad Ali, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, etc.) into immersive stories that are surprisingly relatable and provide lessons to help us face our own struggles.

This single-page worksheet was designed to work with any of podcast’s episodes. The podcast provides an excellent model of second-person narration storytelling, placing the listener in the shoes of the subject as “you” are described via a series of clues. It’s also a solid complement to personal narrative writing instruction.

The podcast is appropriate for older teenagers and I’ve tagged these materials for 11th and 12th grade. Most episodes include descriptions of real-life problems that people have overcome, including eating disorders, substance abuse, physical/sexual abuse, or suicidal thoughts. I’ve listened to dozens of episodes and would use any of them with my juniors and seniors. I’d be more selective of the ones I present to younger teens; you’ll find there are a few “Imagined Life Family” episodes in the podcast catalog created specifically for middle school/older elementary school listeners. Please listen to the podcast before purchasing this worksheet to make sure the content is a good match for your classroom. Click here to preview the podcast content:

The student handout downloads as both a printable PDF and interactive Google Drive version.

Most Imagined Life episodes run about 45 minutes and students will need another 20 minutes or so to complete the question grid.

Want more podcast-based lesson materials?

Click here for an analysis of This American Life’s “21 Chump Street” podcast and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s short musical version:

Click here for a value-priced bundle of five of my popular Listen & Learn lessons:

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1-page PDF + Google Drive version (uneditable)
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.
Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task.


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