How do you design a culminating project that simultaneously holds students accountable for reading, writing, and critical thinking skills while maintaining a high level of engagement?
Why do a Radio Show? It covers all of the skills of an essay but reduces work and student anxiety.
This Radio Show Project is designed as a semester capping project to be done during or directly after a unit on the Great Depression. It will encourage students to write a script in the tone of a Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Scifi, Western or Detective show while covering key topics and concepts from the Great Depression/Roaring 20's Era. It's a fun way to get students to learn content and is also designed to streamline and shift your grading from a dreaded end of semester slog to a quick-to-grade celebration of student learning.
Time (3-4 hours of class time): This project can be assigned as homework (in which case you will only need around 1 hour of class time for presenting) or as an in class assignment.
Deep Google Integration: This project is designed to be used with google docs, google classroom and is chromebook friendly! However, pen and paper versions of all steps of the assignment (except for audio creation) are included!
End on a High Note: The project ends with an awards ceremony. On the last day, you simply have the students perform their radio shows. The rest of the class (the audience) will be prompted to take notes and vote for their favorite documentaries in the following categories:
--Best Narration: Most unnecessarily dramatic narration
--Best Effects: Best Sound Effects in a Classic Radio Show
--Best Writer: Historically accurate and insightful dialogue
--Best Show: Best Radio Show Overall
While students listen, you can grade using the simple and clear rubric.
Afterwards, the google forms based vote (included) will be auto tallied and you can print/present the awards.
Extend upon these skills:
If you end your 1st Semester with this project, it can be a great training ground for many of the skills necessary to complete our end of the year Documentary project. If you like this project, you should check it out: Dustbin's US History Documentary Project
-A complete 49 page Teacher's guide (including pictures, step by step instructions, pen and paper versions of all steps of the assignment and even printable awards).
-Google Docs, Slides and Forms based worksheets for all steps of the project, complete with built in instructions and scaffolding (designed to be assigned directly in google classroom).