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For real. No cheesy music, no bad acting, and no trick endings where everyone is okay and it was all just a big misunderstanding. Seriously, your students are going to love these and they have just the right amount of horror while still being appropriate for school.
Each podcast lesson comes with three pages of instructions on how to use the materials and suggestions for how to adapt them if needed. The materials are available in PDF form and in Google Drive.
Fiction with an urban legends episode
The episode is from the very professional and informative Myths and Legends podcast. It details five different urban legends and explains the origins and purposes. In the final few minutes of the podcast the host also links some of the urban legends to current events.
This product contains:
- a QR link to the podcast
- a quick write
- a graphic organizer to help students take notes on the various urban legends
- instructions for gallery walk activity
- exit ticket focusing on the purpose of urban legends and the necessary elements needed to achieve that purpose.
Nonfiction with an episode about the Villisca ax murders
This episode is from the critically acclaimed Lore podcast - winner of Best History Podcast 2016. Your students' attention is immediately grabbed as the host lists a string of ax murders across Texas and Louisiana between 1911 and 1912. The majority of the podcast consist of the host detailing the Villisca murder scene and the possible suspects. This unsolved murder (or string of murders) brings up a lot of unanswered questions your students will be eager to solve.
This product includes:
- anticipation guide
-1918 railroad map for students to detail and plot out previous murders
- character (murderer) inference graphic organizer
- suspects graphic organizer with extension where students identify if evidence for each suspect is valid and relevant to the case
-newspaper analysis where students review a 1914 newspaper article for bias and to judge if it affects the credibility of the podcast host
- analysis questions to analyze overall style and purpose of the podcast
Looking to add more podcasts to your lessons - this is the perfect opportunity. There's something terrifying about a perfectly told scary story - especially one that's true!