One of the most popular podcasts ever made, Serial is such a powerful tool in the classroom. Your students will love the engaging and provoking use of this podcast. This unit is based in core standards such as analyzing non-fiction text, note-taking, and persuasive writing and speaking.
My high school students LOVE this unit! They really enjoy being able to form their own opinion on who is really guilty. I usually move through this unit in under two weeks, and the kids are always engaged.
In this assignment, students will spend phase one listening to the podcast in class and in their own time. While listening, students will take notes of important and key information. Students will also have the opportunity to discuss the information presented with the teacher and class.
In phase two, students will gather into small groups and create a case. Their case must determine who is ultimately responsible for the murder. They will need to use the evidence and notes from the podcast justify their stance. They will make their case in the form of a report, powerpoint, or poster.
Phase three is their presentation. Students will present their case to the rest of their class. Their presentation must be focused on persuading the students using evidence and persuasive techniques.
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