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Students need to be able to sit and listen to a passage or short audio program, take notes, recall information, and then answer critical thinking questions about the material. To help prepare students for our e-learning world, I’ve scoured the internet to find high-interest, school-appropriate podcasts that fit within one class period.
In this Listen & Learn activity, students will listen to an 18-minute podcast focused on a police officer who volunteered to dive into the thick, toxic sludge of La Brea tar pits to recover evidence in a murder investigation. This high-quality podcast presents a compelling modern case of bravery and allows the listeners (our students) to draw their own conclusions about the nature of heroism.
The easy prep lesson materials in this download include:
• A list of suggested lesson procedures for the teacher (or just print and leave for a sub) with several links to use to access the podcast online. Several of these sites also allow users to download the program and keep it on their personal mp3 players, a great option if the internet isn’t always reliable in your classroom. (PDF)
• A two-page handout with questions for students to answer both while they listen and after the program is finished (PDF and Google Drive versions)
• A two-page answer key to make grading easy and to provide talking points as you review answers with your students (PDF)
This lesson, designed for students in grades 7-12, will take about 40 minutes to complete or a bit longer if you review answers/allow students to discuss some of the questions.
Want another podcast-based listening skills lesson? Click the links below to find more high-interest topics, including:
Listen & Learn #1, the case of a tiger who lives at a Louisiana truck stop
Listen & Learn #3, a mystery involving fraud and a teenager’s identity theft
Listen & Learn #4, the case of an 11-year-old boy who was the sole survivor of an airplane crash near Los Angeles
Listen & Learn #5, the story of a Muslim teen’s heartbreak when the parents of his white friend wouldn’t allow her to attend prom with him
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NOTE: This item is included in my English 9-10 full-year curriculum. If you already own the full-year download, please do not purchase this item here individually. If you’d like to receive this item plus everything else needed to teach 180 days of English 9 or English 10 at a deeply discounted price, click here to learn more about the full-year curriculum download.
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