Middle School Narrative Writing with Podcasts

Contact Person: Anne Locke Ridgway

Dates / Times: January 31st, 2017

Location: Bear Creek Middle Room 1.511

Target Audience:

Middle School Teachers

English Language Arts

Minimum Number of Participants: 1-5 in the room

Maximum Number of Participants: unlimited for online

Description:

Students are experiencing the art of storytelling which relates to the standard of students producing a narrative. Students listened to a variety of interviews on the website StoryCorp.  These audio clips created a story that students were able to quickly follow and have discussions on.  The teacher differentiated the content by making it relatable to all learners prior knowledge and contextualizing the information.  Students also got feedback on how to add to their content.  The product eventually became their own mini-podcast.

This activity of listening to real narratives allowed the student to begin to see how narrative truly affects our lives.  Students eventually made a type of podcast that enabled them to answer questions creating a short narrative.

After the teacher compiled the podcasts (including her parents), students were able to listen to each other’s work.  Now, the teacher has compiled favorites from the class.  Students are now to create a fictional written narrative that does either of the following:

  1. After listening to the student’s podcast, write it from the perspective of person that they mentioned. Create a story around the details that the student provided making sure that the narrative does indeed have a clear voice and follows a plot diagram.  Remember plot needs to consists of a beginning where the conflict is developed, then a rising action where it is explored more, a climax where the conflict is resolved in some way, a falling action that continues the explanation of the conflict being resolved, and a resolution where there is an ending clarifying certain issues of the conflict.
  2. After listening to the student’s podcast, create a fictional narrative involving the information that was shared.  If the student mentioned certain feelings or events, explore that in a creative short story.   Make sure that the narrative does indeed have a clear voice and follows a plot diagram.  Remember plot needs to consist of a beginning where the conflict is developed, then a rising action where it is explored more, a climax where the conflict is resolved in some way, a falling action that continues the explanation of the conflict being resolved, and a resolution where there is an ending clarifying certain issues of the conflict.

 

Required Materials / Technology:

PODCAST AUDIO
Pen and paper
Ipad and Zoom


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