Update: Season 2 lesson plans are now available.
Featured by Mind/Shift
,The Wall Street Journal
, nearly 300 pages of teacher guides and printable student worksheets covering season 1, episodes 1-12 of the podcast "Serial."
This is a zip file of all 5 units marked at a 20% discount. If you'd like, you can download the units individually. Unit 1 is available here
, Unit 2 here
, Unit 3 here
, Unit 4 here
, and Unit 5 here
What's terrific about studying Serial is that it engages students in a contemporary story which is actually more conducive to teaching the standards than a classic novel. Students get to practice their reading, listening and problem-solving skills by seeking out primary sources (such as maps, voice recordings, letters and other multimedia resources). This is a great unit for project-based learning (PBL).
Each exercise begins with a description of how the exercise aligns to common core ELA standards in reading, writing, language, and listening and speaking, making for easy justification of a Serial unit to administration.
Serial is appropriate for high school aged (9th - 12th grade) students and up. There is some sensitive language in this first episode however, so I've included a guide to navigating it should you want to avoid those sections altogether.
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by Michael Godsey
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