PODCAST LISTENING ACTIVITY This American Life-Harper High School

PODCAST LISTENING ACTIVITY This American Life-Harper High School
PODCAST LISTENING ACTIVITY This American Life-Harper High School
PODCAST LISTENING ACTIVITY This American Life-Harper High School
PODCAST LISTENING ACTIVITY This American Life-Harper High School
PODCAST LISTENING ACTIVITY This American Life-Harper High School
PODCAST LISTENING ACTIVITY This American Life-Harper High School
PODCAST LISTENING ACTIVITY This American Life-Harper High School
PODCAST LISTENING ACTIVITY This American Life-Harper High School
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Enhance students’ listening skills and introduce them to a new form of literacy with podcasts. This American Life is a weekly public radio program and podcast. This activity addresses the two-part broadcast titled “Harper High School.” These episodes recount reporters’ visits to this Chicago high school where in 2012 alone, 29 recent and current students were shot. Students are introduced to an environment where everyone is a member of a gang simply by living in a particular neighborhood. They meet the courageous students, families, faculty, and staff that help each other survive and cope.

This resource includes:

  • Cover page: “Why listen to podcasts?” Students read a quote from a communications professor about reading and listening, and the value of podcasts. Students respond to four questions about podcasts and their experiences with this form of literacy.

  • Teaching Tips: Teachers receive a table of contents with corresponding time durations. There are also tips about presenting the podcast in the classroom and pacing suggestions.

  • Student Activity: Eight pages addressing each act of the podcast. Each page has a blank space for “Your Observations, Doodles, Questions, Thoughts.” For each act there are questions and tasks for students to complete while listening to the podcast. The tasks are presented in an appealing format with boxes and graphics where students write responses. Designed to promote more attentive listening, the tasks are spaced out throughout the act, so kids aren’t distracted by having to respond to questions. I find that most kids wait until the end of the podcast then return to complete the tasks from memory or by referring to the transcript.

  • Each page has an engaging format and relevant graphics.

  • Culminating Activities After Listening to the Podcast: Students choose from seven analytical or creative prompts to demonstrate their understanding of the information in the podcast.

  • Key: Answers to objective questions and anticipated responses for subjective questions.

I do not include a transcript of the podcast; however, it is available through the website.

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Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.
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