GQs & Podcast Structure

Monday 2/26/18

Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Clearly identify the Guiding Questions they are responsible for answering as they complete their final challenge.
  2. Explain and use the appropriate podcast structure to complete their final challenge

Do Now – 0 minutes

  • Notebooks open to page 22/23 & pencils at the ready

LESSON – 45 minutes

As we discussed last Wednesday and Thursday, this week is devoted to project work time. As you should know, you’ll have the hour-long period each day in English to devote to this, during which you will have full access to your group-mates. You’ll also have the full hour-long period for Challenge to work on it, though you may or may not have access to your group-mates during that period.

As the objectives for today suggest, though, you do have 2 priorities. So, as a class, we’re going to spend a few minutes getting you up to speed on those priorities before I release you.

Guiding Questions
You’ll recall that last week we began brainstorming GQs for this final challenge. I’ve sifted through them, organized them and prioritized them, and I present the final list to you here. We’ll discuss the list briefly to ensure we’re all cool with it.

One of your responsibilities during this challenge will be to answer every single one of these questions…and possibly even ask some additional ones along the way. You’ll do this on pages 22 and 23 of your notebooks, as pictured below.


Podcast Structure
As we discussed when we listened to the American History Tellers episode, podcasts have a certain structure, and that structure varies based on the type of podcast you’re creating.

Since you’re creating an interview podcast episode, you’ll be using the following structure. Naturally, this is just a guide, and you should feel free to get creative with it so long as you adhere to the requirements of the challenge.

  1. Intro Theme Song
  2. Welcome/Introduction
  3. Announcements/Commercials (Extension…)
  4. Interview
  5. Final Comments/Conclusion
  6. Outro Music

Clarifying questions are encouraged, please ask if you’re uncertain.

Project Resources

Project Calendar

Of Mice and Men PDF

Guiding Questions

Challenge Checklist

Character Quotes

Universal Declaration of HR

Group Contract

Closing – 0 minutes

On work days like this we don’t have closing activities.


For the duration of this challenge, your only homework is to do whatever work you need to do to in order to produce meaningful, high quality work.

Pro Tip…do the work. 15 or 20 minutes a night could easily be the difference between D level work and A level work.

Unit Objectives

  1. Identify the 30 human rights, prioritize among these rights, and articulate why human rights are important to them as individuals
  2. Apply understanding of human rights to new situations
  3. Demonstrate the ability to see the world from another person’s perspective
  4. Synthesize understanding about existing HRs, and about HRs issues in our community to develop new, relevant ideas that connect to our community

This Week’s Agenda


Today is a workday, but we have 2 key priorities around Guiding Questions and Podcast Structure


Another work day, with another priority…specifically, getting clear about what is expected on your character and human right(s) justification


Work day with a focus on finishing drafts and/or refining work based on peer feedback


Work day dedicated to refining scripts and creating your podcast

Quote of the Week

“The time as we know it subjectively is often the chronology that stories and novels follow: it is the continuous thread of revelation.”

Eudora Welty


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