You're invited to evaluate the quality of my lessons with this sampler of the season 1, episode 1 unit of my Serial podcast series. This download includes exercise 1 and 3 in full, including the corresponding printable worksheets for students. Exercise 1 is a thorough review of the vocabulary used in episode 1, and exercise 3 is a lesson on connotation.
The complete season 1, episode 1 unit is 40 pages (ten full lessons) of teacher guides and printable student worksheets. This set of ten exercises, when used as a unit, can take between four and five days to complete, however each exercise stands alone, and can be used independently. If you like exercises 1 and 3, I encourage you to download the complete unit.
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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