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To use alongside the podcast episode from Radiolab called "Double Blasted," which describes the unexpected impact of radiation on DNA through the story of a man in Japan who survived both atomic bomb blasts during WWII.
In all this episode is very interesting and their attention won't wander too much. However, I still wanted something to help students pause and process as they went, and to focus on key details and plot points. There are a variety of kinds of questions but designed to be doable with all my 6th grade students in mind, and not overly detailed as to slow them down much. It could easily be adapted to other grade levels. I wouldn't use the episode with much younger students due to the description of dead bodies after one of the blasts (see time stamps to skip as an option below).
The last two questions are higher level thinking and you may want to assign both questions or one or the other. Ending with a writing questions allows a natural extension for early finishers, and allows time for all to get through the episode. Lots of options!
Option 1: Individual: Share out the Radiolab link to students and have them listen individually at their own pace. This allows them to go back and rewind or pause while listening. Need enough headphones for each student if in class.
Option 2: Small Group: If you have headphone splitters, have students listen in small groups so you still get the feel of a shared experience if you aren't doing it whole class.
Option 3: Whole Class: Listen as a whole class. Pause to discuss. Can skip through the description of dead bodies (6:10 to 8:00). Skip to 0:52 to start the story. Ends at 19:25. (If your audience is sensitive to birth defects or descriptions of microcephaly or low IQ consider skipping details about birth defects 13:30-13:45.)
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