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Turn your students into history detectives as they ponder over the origins and uses of these intriguing pieces of WWII history.
How do I introduce this project to my students?
Begin by talking about the length of WWII. Between Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, and Japan’s formal surrender on September 2, 1945, a total of 2,193 days elapsed. World War II involved over 60 countries and led to 70 million deaths. There wasn’t a major battle on every day, but every day something important happened—usually more than one thing. Also begin the project by introducing the podcast’s selected technology programs. Spend at least 1 period doing this. See suggested format below.
- Talk to your students about podcasting. Create a class definition for podcast. Solicit student input to formulate its meaning. Ask students if they own an IPod or another MP3 device, and if they currently listen to any podcasts. If possible, listen to snippets (about 30 seconds – 1 minute) of the below podcasts. These can be found at the addresses below:
· The National World War II Museum - http://www.nationalww2museum.org/wwii-community/podcasts.html
· Lusher Charter School – http://www.lusherpodcastproject.org/LPP/Home.html
· Scientific American - http://www.sciam.com/podcast/podcasts.cfm?type=60-second-science
· ESPN –
After listening to the bits of the podcast, ask your students to give you feedback on how the material was presented. Sample questions to ask students could be:
· What was the presenters tone?
· Were there songs or sound effects?
· Did the speaker keep you engaged and interested in the material? If so, how was he/she able to achieve that? If not, how could the speaker improve his/her technique?
2. Introduce the assignment to students and distribute student handout. As a group, students will select a date, and conduct research on it, to ascertain what happened on it throughout the war years. Students are not limited to what happened on the battlefield or when a politician made a decision, in fact students should be encouraged to research the home front, investigating civilian life during the war. As a group, students will be responsible for gathering and sifting through their research to create a 4-5 minute podcast. Students will write a group script, in which all members will have a speaking role, and once the document has been peer and teacher edited; the group will record their podcast. After recording, students will need to present their podcast to the class. And then once the assignment is complete, students’ podcasts will be emailed to the Museum educators, where they will be uploaded for other to listen and use. As a group, members can decide the best presentation style or you can set it for them, but students will introduce their project to their classmates. In the presentation, students should introduce and then play their podcast.
After you have talked to your students about the project, answer any questions about it. Then either divide the students into groups of 3-4 or allow them to pick their group mates. Tell students to pay close attention to the rubric. Review the sample dates with the class – either pick a date for each group or allow each group to select its own. Send project description home for parent review and signature.
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