Update: Season 2 lesson plans are now available.
If you enjoy season 1, you might also enjoy season 2.
All Season 1 Serial units are now available. If you think you might use all 5 units, we recommend purchasing them as a bundle, and saving 20%. Click here
for the Serial bundle, covering all 12 episodes.
Mentioned by The Wall Street Journal
and featured by Slate.com
, 62 pages (eight full lessons, plus a quiz) of teacher guides and printable student worksheets covering season 1, episodes 2-4 of the podcast "Serial." This set of eight 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.
Unit 2 builds off of Unit 1, which covers episode 1 of Serial over 10 exercises. You can download Unit 1 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.
As of 1/29/15 we've completed four units, covering episodes 1-10. The final unit covering episodes 11 and 12 (including ideas for final projects) will be available February, 2015. You can download unit 1here
, Unit 3 here
, and unit 4 here
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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