Overview: Students will listen to a few examples of podcasts and radio stories, gaining first-hand knowledge of the different formats of popular podcasts.
Students will be able to:
- Critically analyze the content and format of podcasts
- Understand that podcasts vary greatly
- Acknowledge that there is not one “right way” to tell a story
- Practice active listening and perspective-taking
Targeted PTD Behaviors:
- Community Building
- Podcasts Walkabout (40 minutes)
- Class Discussion (20 minutes)
What you need:
- Computers, tablets or another listening device for students to use
What students need:
- A pencil and paper
Part 1: Podcast Walkabout
Divide students into small groups (3-5 students per group, depending on class size). Assign each group one podcast to listen to, and send them out on a “walkabout” (e.g., walk around the halls and/or to a corner of the classroom) while listening to the episode as a group.
NOTE: We encourage educators to select a podcast or specific episode that they believe best meshes with their particular set of students. However, a few of our recommendations include:
- Modern Love “R We D8ting? | With Krysten Ritter”
- The Daily “The Right to Bear Arms”
- Still Processing “Take a Knee if You Agree”
- Kind World: A Different Window
Part 2: Class Discussion
After each group has finished listening to their respective episode, bring all students back together for a conversation about what they may have liked or disliked about the podcast that they just heard.
Before wrapping up, have students consider:
- What types of sounds do podcasts include?
- Students should understand that podcasts vary greatly — but most include a host and can include sounds from interviews, audio from events, audio from movies or TV, and sounds from the world around them.
- What are some of the ways that podcasts can be structured or broken-up using music?
- Students should walk away from this discussion understanding that there isn’t one right way to tell a story. Some podcasts use narration from a host or a reporter, others feature a conversation between a group, others might be a one-on-one interview between two people. The structure of a podcast fits its content.
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