Utilizing Podcasts in the classroom can take the place of a student presentation, if a student would like the opportunity to create and experiment with a podcast. This is an example of a mini lesson that would incorporate the use of podcasts into a Unit. In this case, a student records his/her podcast. A student could continue to create podcasts for sharing original written work, evaluation of books that were read, or to share research from a research project.
The student will summarize a memoir that was read independently
The student will make personal connections to the independently read memoir
The student will write a personal narrative/ memoir
The student will speak clearly and to the point, using conventions of language
The student will choose a presentation option either: classroom presentation, or recording of a podcast.
- Student selected Memoirs
- Student response notes from memoirs read
- Brainstorming notes for Memoir
- Rough Draft of Memoir
- Editing of Memoir
- Final Draft of Memoir
- Audacity downloaded to student computers
Description of Activities and Their Purposes
Student will read at least five memoirs of his/her choosing. While reading the memoirs, students will make reading response notes in journals. Students will select his/her favorite memoir for their presentation. Student will use the reading response journal notes and create a written response for the selected memoir. This process is for students to become familiar with the genre of a memoir. The student will then begin the process of writing his/her own memoir. The student will brainstorm and continue through the writing process to write his/her memoir. The podcast or presentation will be a culminating activity at the end of the Memoir Unit. Students can choose to record their reading responses and memoir, or present them to the class.
- Reading Response Journals will be evaluated for personal connections and summaries
- Brainstorming, Rough Draft, Edits to Rough Draft, and Final copy of memoir will be collected for evaluation, all parts will be evaluated.
- Quality of presentation and/or podcast will be evaluated for clarity