* Answer keys to episodes 1 and 2
* Powerpoint version of Smart Notebook with additional slides that:
- introduce the podcast
- introduce key people
- provide specific questions to consider, goals and key terms for episodes 1-3
This bundle is a start-up to the podcast "Serial". It includes:
1. An introduction to Podcasts, Serial and the main players as a Smartboard notebook
2. Memory activity:
This activity engages students in the podcast Serial. Sarah Koenig asks several questions to the audience in the opening chapter regarding where they were and what they were doing last week and 6 weeks ago. Here, students can go through the activity she proposes. Great graphic organizer to have students make a personal connection to the challenges Adnan faces. A good start to a media unit.
3. Conventions of a Podcast
This graphic organizer has students consider to what extent Serial meets the conventions of a podcast as a form of journalism. This can be applied to other mediums as well.
4. Episode 1: The Alibi handout
This is a handout for the first episode of the podcast "Serial". Students are asked questions to answer. Important information that is detailed is provided for students (and teachers) in text boxes. Details include: The Case (overview), The Trial, Jay's story, Adnan's story, and Asia's letters and affidavit. The approximate time in the podcast these occur are also noted so they can more easily be reviewed. Students are asked to respond to evidence, character, setting, etc.
This will help students gather key information as they move forward in examining evidence, without being overwhelmed by getting down too much detail, and instead focus on listening.
The Serial Podcast makes for a great media unit in English.
5. Episode 2: The Breakup handout
In this episode, Koenig examines multiple pieces of evidence that were/ could be used against Adnan. However, she also gives the alternative “spin” on the evidence. Students are to consider if each idea supports the State’s case, or is an unimportant detail. Which pieces of evidence (if any) best support Adnan’s motive according to the State?
This exercise helps students understand "spin" in the media and in law. It also develops students' understanding of credible/reliable sources.
Some evidence (Hae's diary entries) are included verbatim so students have an opportunity for a closer examination of the evidence and a deeper understanding of Hae and Adnan's relationship. These details also help students engage with the story.
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