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Podcasting the Bard

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Keywords: Podcasting, Shakespeare
Subject(s): Information Skills, Technology, Podcasting, Drama, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grades 2 through 5
NETS-S Standard:
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Claxton Elementary School, Asheville, NC
Planned By: John Pruett
Original Author: John Pruett, Asheville
Students read from "Top Ten Shakespeare Stories" and "Shakespeare in the Classroom." Collaboratively, students choose and audition for roles. Students then record their presentations digitally to make available through a podcast for school stakeholders, including parents and teachers.
Students also collaborate on a rubric to reflect on individual and group presentations.
This works leans heavily on Common Core speaking and communication standards.
Seemingly simplistic, the dynamic of young readers discovering and podcasting Shakespeare is a great way to reflect technology goals and share with the school community.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Students research other aspects of Elizabethan life.
After assessing, students independently read other Shakespearean works to present to class. Students could adapt other works to more age-appropriate readers theater scripts.
Materials: Microphones, LCD Monitors
Other Items: 1 condensor microphone, $100 each, total of $100.00