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Michael Godsey
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Teaching Episode 3 of Serial (Season 2)
A couple of my classes are already through Episode 5 and are looking forward to Thursday's new episode, but most of my classes are still on Episode 3, working on their second exercise of their formal writing. I don't have anything shockingly new to report, ...

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Listening to Podcasts in the High School Classroom -- compared to reading novels.
Last year, when I had my English students listen to Serial instead of reading a play , I did it mostly as an experiment. I wanted to know if they could stay focused while listening to a story, and if so, whether their engagement in a contemporary story woul...

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Teaching Episode 2 of Serial (from Season 2)
Today I used the second episode of Serial (Season 2) in my Criminal Justice class, and just like the first episode, it was compelling and engaging for the students. However, it did provide its own set of challenges: 1. It's long. When I listened on my own, ...

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Additional Resources for Serial 2
As I'm teaching the second season of Serial in my high school classroom, I'm excited to discover that the kids love the story of Bowe as much as the story of Adnan. I thought maybe without the high school setting, they might lose a little engagement, but it...

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Lesson Plans for first 3 episodes of Serial (Season 2) now published!
I'm not going to brag  exactly, but I'm not going to hide my pride when it comes to the latest bundle of Serial lesson plans: - 24 of the 26 CCSS anchor standards are addressed in the third episode alone. I think the only standard the bundle is missing is t...

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Serial Podcast Lesson Plans (for Season 2) are now ready for Episode 2!
The plans for Episode 2 are all finished, and I can't wait to put them into action! I might have done a little bit too  much front-loading (there are seven exercises, a game, and a quiz), but it should make for an trouble-free, totally fun January. I'm prou...

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Serial 2 DUSTWUN lesson plans are now available!
Thanks to the help of my talented wife Melissa, the lesson plans for the first episode of Serial (Season 2) are now available . The unit contains 42 pages that include 6 exercises, a quiz, printable worksheets, vocabulary words, and engaging prompts. Best o...

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Serial (Season 2) Lesson Plans
Yes, I was up early this morning and I've already heard the first episode of Serial (Season 2) twice. Yes, it's great -- it's hard to remember exactly how excited I was about the first episode of the first season, but right now I feel like I like this seaso...

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Will Jones and his Poetic Retirement Tour
When it comes to poetry readings, I firmly believe that 95% of the common ones just bore the entire audience, while the other 5% completely engage everyone's complete attention. I will always remember how Maya Angelou completely owned an entire gymnasium fo...

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Creating our own "Serial" podcast of "The Crucible"
A few months ago, I published some very thorough lesson plans for using the Serial podcast in the high school classroom, and in the final unit, I suggested helping students create their own podcast . It's project-based, it's fun, it's using technology, and ...
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