Listening Skills Podcast Activity, Listen & Learn #8, PDF & Google Drive, CCSS

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Laura Randazzo
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9th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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5-page PDF + Google Drive version of student worksheet (uneditable)
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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 our students for this challenge, 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 a 26-minute podcast focused on the story of a reluctant high school football player. (Note: The language of This American Life’s amusing podcast on NPR is mostly clean, but the interviewee does say, “Fuck, yeah!” twice early in the episode as a tool of characterization to describe his enthusiastic assistant football coaches. The story is appropriate for high school students, but you should listen to the podcast before purchasing these lesson materials to make sure the content is a good match for your classroom. Click on this link to listen to the story, where you can access both an uncensored copy and a clean/bleeped version: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/676/heres-looking-at-you-kid. Also, the second half of the episode deals with issues surrounding childhood sexual abuse and repressed memories. I don’t use this “part 2” segment of the podcast at all; instead, I instruct my kids to stop listening at the 26-minute mark.)

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 stream the podcast online. A downloadable version of the podcast is also available via those links. (PDF)

• A two-page handout with questions for students to answer both while they listen and after the program is finished. (PDF & Google Drive)

• 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 9-12, will take about 40 minutes to complete or a bit longer if you review answers/allow students to debate some of the questions.

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Cover image credit: Marcus Quigmire, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

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5-page PDF + Google Drive version of student worksheet (uneditable)
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40 minutes
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By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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 arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
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.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

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