Grade 10 Optional Summer Podcast Assignment 2020
An Extra Credit Opportunity
Reading is not the only way to expand your literacy skills. We encourage you to try a new podcast this summer--and we will give you extra credit towards your first quarter English grade for doing it. Choose one of the podcasts below, listen to at least 4 ½ hours of it over the course of the summer, and keep a journal that responds to at least 5 of the analytical questions below.
The Wild with Chris Morgan
"THE WILD with Chris Morgan explores how nature survives and thrives alongside (and often despite) humans. Taking listeners across the Pacific Northwest and around the world, host Chris Morgan explores wildlife and the complex web of ecosystems they inhabit. He also tells the stories of people working in and protecting the wild around us." https://www.kuow.org/podcasts/thewild
Myths and Legends
"This show brings you folklore that has shaped our world. Some are incredibly popular stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories that might be new to you, but are definitely worth a listen. These are stories of magic, kings, Vikings, dragons, knights, princesses, and wizards from a time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous, wonderful, and terrifying place." https://www.mythpodcast.com
The #Herstory Podcast
"The #HerStory Podcast tells the stories of 50 women, not through names and dates of textbooks, but through the voices of contemporary women. Chick History invited 50 diverse women to take ownership of the historical women who have inspired them and asked each one to share her story with us. Hear elected officials, academics, mothers, filmmakers, authors, activists, CEO’s, and more offer snapshots of these women’s lives." https://herstory.chickhistory.org
"Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently." https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510307/invisibilia
Note: All podcast descriptions are taken from English teacher Ashley Bible’s Building Book Love blog, www.buildingbooklove.com.
Podcast Journal Prompts:
- Who are the sources included in this piece? What is their authority or credibility on the topic?
- What is the purpose of the podcast? What did the producers want the audience to know and understand by listening? Is there any intended action or outcome for the audience to take in response to this piece?
- What language and stylistic choices does the author/narrator make in order to appeal to this audience? What is the tone of the episode, and how is it established?
- What journalistic elements did the author include? How did the author promote credibility and prove journalistic ethics were followed.
- Did you notice any clear bias? Was the podcast missing information or perspectives that would have offered another side of the story?
- What mood is the author/narrator hoping to convey through this piece? Consider intonation, incorporation of music, and arrangement of commentary.
- How did the author make the podcast engaging? What was the pacing like? What kind of variety of sound was used? Were there many voices included or just a few?
- Do you find that it was ultimately an effective podcast?
- What is your “takeaway” after listening to this episode? Is there any lasting image or message that it impressed upon you?
- Do you feel yourself wanting to share this story, take action, or follow-up on some of the research presented?
- Has it changed your attitude or perspective regarding the topic, or reconfirmed your prior opinions? Or did you learn something new for which you held few prior opinions?