Carrie Robledo
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Middle School
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Education Standards

ELA - “Wild about Books” Podcast

ELA - “Wild about Books” Podcast



After reading a book, students will create a podcast that gives a review of the book.

Instructor Directions

“Wild about Books” Podcast

Driving Question / ScenarioHave you ever heard a podcast? How was it created? Did it convey his message effectively? Do you want to be the next Podcast superstart?
Project SummaryAfter reading a book, students will create a podcast that gives a review of the book.
Estimated Time3 class periods (150 minutes)
Materials / ResourcesPretest/PosttestPodcast to be shared with students (Example found here)iPadMicrophoneChromebookScript created by students(Suggested Script found here) Anchor app or other podcasting outletPodcast Plus-Delta Feedback FormLesson Plan:To introduce the expectation of this lesson, the  teacher should start with having students listen to a quality podcast. It could be one that the teacher has created about a book or one that is already available. Students will then be instructed to select a book to read. When students finish reading a book they will create a Podcast to share a review of the book with their listeners. Students will go through the process of creating a script, planning out music, special effects, or even a special guest speaker. Once students plan and write their script they will use podcast recording materials (iPad, microphone, Chromebook, Anchor App, etc.) to  record and publish the podcast. Students will be able to listen to each other's podcast and leave reviews.
StandardsW.8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. W.8.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. SL.8.4 Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks.SL.8.5 Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
Project Outline
AskWhat makes a good podcast? How do you give a book review?
ImagineHave you ever wanted to have your own Podcast? Your time is now! After reading your self-selected books you will write a script and share a 2 minute podcast summarizing the book, without giving away too much of the plot. Other students will be able to listen to your podcast to see if the book is one they want to read. Be a superstar!  
PlanYou will need to plan and write the script for your book review. As you are planning, think about music, sound effects, or if you will have any guest on the Podcast.
CreateAfter your script is written, you are ready to record the podcast. Use the podcast recording materials to record and publish your podcast to the Anchor app.
ImproveListen to other student's podcasts and leave them a review with at least one suggestion for improvement.
Closure / Student ReflectionsAfter students listen to a podcast, they will leave a podcast review and rate whether the podcast was helpful.
Possible Modifications / Extensions
  • QR codes can be created for the podcast and placed in the library for students to get book recommendations.
  • Podcast episodes could be linked to the school library website for students to get book recommendations.