Scattered Podcast Unit Plan

Grade Levels
11th - 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
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  • Google Docs™
34 pages
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The Scattered podcast by Chris Garcia is a captivating way to teach storytelling elements, active listening skills, empathy, history, poetry, and analysis to high school students . This compelling podcast details the host's journey to find out more about his recently deceased father. Part memoir, part homage, it tackles the full range of human emotion.

Your students will be exposed to the art of oral storytelling while learning about the history of Cuba under Castro's regime. Students will go along on Chris‘ journey as he details the struggle many immigrants face when leaving their own country and the challenges of assimilating to a new one. Named one of the most memorable podcasts of 2019 (CBC Radio), and Featured in The Atlantic's 50 Best Podcasts of 2019, Scattered is 6 episodes, each one about 30 minutes: perfect for the classroom.

The handouts I've created guide your students in taking notes about the craft of storytelling, characterization, showing vs. telling, interview techniques and more. I have included a final project assignment which gives them a chance to practice these skills by delving into the life of someone they know. I've included a detailed and easy rubric for the teacher to use.

Easy to use for distance learning, podcasts can be listened to remotely and every single episode includes its own google doc handout.

For each lesson I give detailed notes to the teacher including the purpose of the day's lesson and the breakdown of the period. I pride myself in a unit plan that has strategic scaffolding, so each lesson builds on ideas or skills presented in previous lessons.

This is unit is NO PREP for the teacher, completely editable, and works well for the face-to-face classroom or distance learning.

A warning: there is some "adult" language. It does not take away from the beauty of the podcast, but I would recommend these lessons for older high school students. There is also the mention of suicide in one episode. For this episode, I have included an alternative lesson if a student does not feel comfortable listening to that episode.

When to use this:

--Use this in conjunction with a narrative unit, memoir unit, or a nonfiction unit

--Use this in conjunction with a written work that focuses on similar themes (I use it when teaching Tortilla Curtain)

--Use this as a "breather" after a particularly grueling unit such as a research project

What you get:

--10 daily lessons, each completely editable

--6 handouts for students; one for each episode of the podcast. Lessons focus on showing verses telling, characterization, interview techniques, history of Cuba, poetry, and more.

--My tips and suggestions for each day's lesson as well as discussion questions not included on handouts

--Final writing assignment that ties to ideas considered in listening to the podcast

--Rubric for final writing assignment

--A complete, NO PREP, engaging unit that can be used at any point in the school year

Total Pages
34 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
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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