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Podcasting:

Welcome to St. Martin's 8th Social Studies Studycast. A studycast is a podcast meant to be used to study for tests in a subject and you will be creating them for your Social Studies units.
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Resources:

Historial Music:

Historical Quotes:

Historical Speeches:

American Poetry:

Other Resources:
  • Your Social Studies Book: Lessons at a Glance - Refer to this for an overview or outline of what the chapter is about. This might give you a clue as to what you want to focus your questions on. Some of the check for understanding activities might give you some mock interview ideas.

First Time Podcasting?

If this is the first time you've done a podcast, head over to the Glossary and watch the videos about podcasting. Once you've reviewed what podcasting is, then listen to some sample podcasts and/or studycasts created by students and teachers:

Do not try to listen to all of these in class - there won't be time.
  • Listen to a sampling from various sites to give you ideas.
  • You can always visit the wiki at home if you want to listen to more; you do not need to log in to see the pages.
  • You should definitely listen to some of the HistoryClassroom.com podcasts since these are similar to what you will be creating!
Your Assignment:
  1. Review the chapter(s) currently being studied in Social Studies.
  2. Discuss as a group what extra material you want to include in your podcast: Famous Quotes or speeches, excerpts of poetry from the era, a mock interview with people of the era.
  3. Using Google Docs, Write Your Script. The script is the most important part of this assignment. Remember to include names of who will be doing each part of the podcast in your document. All members of the group must contribute to the script. Your script should include:
    • 5-10 seconds of music followed by your Introduction: Welcome to St. Martin's 8th Grade Social Studies Podcast. In this episode we will be reviewing Unit ?, Chapters ? through ?, sampling some historical music (if you can find any that relates to the era - if you can't use a speech or famous quote if possible) and ... The and is up to you, you could include famous quotes or speeches from people of the era, excerpts of poetry from the era, a mock interview with people of the era. You need to have 2 things in the podcast other than questions and answers. If you do a mock interview you could split this in to 2 parts as long as each part was at least 60-90 seconds in length. You would include a part 1 & part 2 in your podcast.
    • 10 Questions & Answers related to the material you are covering. These should be short answers or maybe even multiple choice. When you record your podcast, make sure you pause for about 3 seconds before you give the answer so that people have time to answer the question themselves.
    • A sampling of historical music: If you are using copyrighted music, you can only include 10-15 seconds of the song. For public domain music, you may include more of the song but try to keep it to 90 seconds or less. Introduce the music: Now we will listen to a sample of Name of Song which was written by Name of composer (if known) and performed by Name of artist, band, etc. If you have any interesting facts about the song you can add those too. Or, a Famous Quote from the era or about the era or Speech from the era or Poem from the era: Use this if you can't find any music. Make sure you include who the author of the quote or speech is. Or, Part 1 of a 2-part Mock Interview with a person or people from the era.
    • 10 More Questions & Answers related to the material you are covering. These should be short answers or maybe even multiple choice. When you record your podcast, make sure you pause for about 3 seconds before you give the answer so that people have time to answer the question themselves.
    • A Famous Quote from the era or about the era or Speech from the era or Poem from the era or a Mock Interview (entire interview or part 2 of 2) with a person or people from the era. Make sure you include who the author of the quote or speech is if you are using a quote or speech.
    • Conclusion followed by 5-10 seconds of music (use same song as in Introduction): Thank you for listening to this episode of St. Martin's 8th Grade Social Studies Podcast. Visit our Social Studies Wiki at stm8thsocialstudies.wikispaces.com
  4. Practice Your Script: You probably can't effectively do this in class so please try to practice this outside of class before it is time to record. Make sure that you know how to pronounce all of the words you will be saying!
  5. Record Your Podcast: We will be using Audacity to record on computer #4. Please make sure that you review the materials on Audacity prior to trying to record. There may be substantial background noise during class and because of this the Podcast Team may come to the lab during morning study halls to do their recording if they wish. This is not required; recording can be done in class. Make sure you save you podcast!