Are you into Serial? Is your classroom suffering from Alphabet fatigue because of the EOC, FSA, ACT, SAT, AP exams, or other standardized tests? Try introducing Serial! Students get the boots on the ground feel of being a part of an ongoing murder investigation with evidence collection, cell phone technology, and investigation techniques. Students can read the transcripts, look at the maps, work with graphic organizers, and create their own theory of the case. This is great for Reading informational text in reading classes, critical thinking in most classes, criminal justice and law classes, and police procedures and processes classes. Download these activities and try out Episode 1 by going to the Serial podcast website to stream or download the episodes and view the supplementary materials. These lessons are not intended for young audiences. The materials pertain to the real case of Adnan Syed for the death of Hae Lee by manual strangulation. Although the podcast is not rated, listen ahead of your class. Occasionally, there is an errant cuss word or bit of foul language. Listen and note the time stamps so that you can mute it at the right moment for your class.
The activities include vocabulary in context activities, Venn Diagrams, Timelines, and simple charts along with reflection questions.