9-12 ELA: Creating a Video/Podcast

9-12 ELA:  Creating a Video/Podcast

Instructor Directions

Engineering Design Process


Project Description

Name of ProjectCreating a Video/POD Cast
Subject AreaEnglish
Targeted StandardsR.L 1-3; R.I 1-3
Driving Question / Problem / ActivatorWhat elements make good storytelling? How can I create a compelling podcast using storytelling, sound, images, effects, interviews, and technology?
Project SummaryStudents will create a podcast exploring a topic of interest to them following the NYT framework. Students will enter the NYT competition (typically held in April/May).
Estimated TimeAt least 5, 30-minute sessions
Materials / Resources (including link to slideshow if available)Student Chromebooks, iPad, Garageband app or Audacity (Chrome), Online Voice Recorder, Yeti microphone, sound libraries (BenSound, FreeSound), Effective Storytelling Techniques PDF, VoxPop video tutorial, “Effective Interviewing” PDF, https://static01.nyt.com/files/2018/learning/PodcastPlanningHandoutLN.pdf
TagsELA9-12; Student Made Podcasts; Podcast; Storytelling

Project Outline 

AskWhat makes a story compelling? What are the elements of a good podcast? How does the background music/noise impact the overall mood of a podcast?
ImagineDo you have a favorite podcast? What is it? Why is it your favorite? Listen to the sample podcasts and take notes using notetaking sheet (PDF). Discuss as a class. How are the podcasts similar? How are they different?  
PlanCome up with a plan for your own original podcast. Your topic may come from Learning Network’s 1000-plus writing prompts (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/learning/over-1000-writing-prompts-for-students.html?module=inline) or you may choose a different topic that is important to you. Once you have narrowed down your topic, write down your ideas about the topic in an outline form. Practice telling your story to a partner, keeping in mind techniques of effective storytelling and your time limit (5 minutes) in mind. Next, practice incorporating a brief interview into your storytelling. Take turns with a partner and become an interviewer or interviewee. Reflect on the process using  interview PDF. Fill out a podcast planning form (PDF).
CreateCreate your podcast using classroom resources such as an ipad and microphones or, if these are not available, using your own smartphone.
ImproveListen to your recording and edit it using whatever editing software is available.
Closure / Student ReflectionsListen to some of your classmates’ podcasts and reflect on your own podcast and the process of creating it. How did it go? What did you learn?
Possible Modifications / ExtensionsDepending on time and technology available, some teachers may want to use only certain segments of this project.Scaffolding for students: TED Ed - How to Narrate your own Story

Evaluation (Pre/Post)  

Insert Links to Google Forms


Pretest Link: https://forms.gle/zXybWFn34KvxHQMv6


Post-test Link: https://static01.nyt.com/files/2018/learning/PodcastPlanningHandoutLN.pdf



Credits or Modified From

NY Times, “Project Audio: Teaching Students How to Produce Their Own Podcasts” https://nyti.ms/2IMqvp3 


Additional Resources / Help for teaching this lesson

NPR | Starting Your Podcast: A Guide For Students

NPR | Teaching Podcasting: A Curriculum Guide for Educators

KQED’s Podcasting With Youth Radio

Radio Rookies


Learning Network Lesson Plans On Podcasting and Listening Skills

Experimenting With Sound and Story: Teaching and Learning With ‘The Daily’ Podcast




Sample Pictures / Video





Teacher Comments of what worked / did not work well

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