Allow your students to develop active listening skills while analyzing the effects of a controversial law. Students will listen, analyze, question, and discuss the ideas presented in this compelling 1-hour podcast (which you can break up into more than one class period). If you are looking for a meaningful way for your students to develop and deepen multiple skills, RadioLab podcasts are perfect.
What The Podcast Is About:
This riveting podcast depicts the story of a specific incident where EMS workers were called to help in the case of a drug overdose. The podcast details the stories of the EMS workers who responded and the people who made the call. "The Good Samaritan" Law is explained and examined using a real-life story.
This lesson plan can be completed in a 2-4 day time period.
While your students listen, they will summarize and paraphrase key aspects of the episode. Then, they'll make text-to-text, text-to-world, and text-to-self connections based on the episode which will allow them to participate in a class discussion about the issues raised in the episode.
Last, students will write a short persuasive piece about whether or not the law should exist.
What You Get:
- Two options of how to do this lesson. One is more student-led and one is more teacher-guided. Detailed step-by-step lesson plans for both!
- Eye-catching, clear, listening guide for the podcast episode (2 different handouts to choose from depending on which lesson you choose to use)
- A meaningful writing prompt to follow-up class discussion
- An option to make your own customizable handout with the template provided
- All handouts have digital and printable options
- A complete no-prep lesson that will engage your learners!
How This Lesson Engages Your Learners:
- Radiolab is expertly produced; it uses storytelling techniques to engage your listeners the entire time
- The subject matter is timely and important which resonates with students
- The real-world application allows students to "get" the point of the lesson
- The listening handout helps focus students without making them overwhelmed with too many questions
For Whom This Lesson Is Suited:
This lesson is intended for mature 9th graders through 12th graders. It would also work great with homeschoolers.
- This episode discusses a car accident with fatalities and it discusses drug use and its effects. It does not in any way condone drug use.
- You may want to listen to the episode before purchasing this lesson to be sure that it is appropriate for your school.
This 3 day lesson engages your learners the entire time by delving into a real-world topic!