English 123 Final Assignment
Working with a group of peers, plan and deliver a podcast about some of the works we have studied this semester.
Begin by selecting a recorder to keep track of the group’s work.
Next, decide upon a theme that you want to cover in your podcast. Themes might include love, work, change, family, identity, gender relations, traditions, and so on. As you pick a theme, also consider the texts that you wish to work with. Keep in mind that texts that have a film version will allow you to play clips as part of the podcast. Stories we have covered that I have film version for include The Story of an Hour, Cathedral, A&P, The Yellow Wallpaper, and A Rose for Emily, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been. You can also think about other media elements you might use—perhaps music to help discuss The Things They Carried or documentary radio pieces, etc.
Once you have a theme, conduct research to inform your work on the project. You might learn all you can about authors, or track down interpretations of stories you will use. You can locate essays related to the themes you wish to touch on. Imagine ways the podcast might function as an audio research project; the more seamlessly you can incorporate engaging information into the podcast, the stronger_it will be.
Next, select roles for the various members of the group—you might choose a host or co-hosts. You could then identify guests, callers, reporters, or other ways for everyone to participate. As you identify roles, you will also be refining your thinking about the overall shape of the podcast session—how you might sequence the speakers and integrate audio into the show. You will need to tell me what media files you wish to play by Tuesday the 15th.
Next, compose a script outlining the podcasting session. Your script should use speaker tags and stage directions to indicate what will happen during the podcast
Do not write out what you intend to say in the podcast—just script the points you will cover. The key to doing a successful podcast is knowing your topic--research as much as possible and get to know the works you will discuss, and your conversation will be engaging.
Let me emphasize what will make the podcast strong: good research and knowledge of the works and the topic combined with an informal conversational recording session. Don't write out everything you intend to say.
Your group will deliver its podcast on Tuesday April 22nd