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Student Podcast PODCAST Episode 2: Human Impacts of Catastrophic Events

Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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This episode on human impacts of catastrophic events highlights students from Mr. Erik Eve’s 8th Grade Social Studies class at Lindenhurst Middle School in New York. For their first podcasting project, Erik’s students explored the impacts of Hurricane Sandy on their community. They did several podcasts covering hurricanes’ causes and effects, and even acted out mock-interviews with members of the community. The students recorded their work using the voice recorder app on their iPhones. Listen to hear excerpts of these podcasts, with reflections from Mr. Erik Eve and podcasting tips from Monica. Listen to more Student Podcast PODCAST episodes here.

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February 10, 2020
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Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing.
Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
Vary sentence patterns for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.
Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.


May 16, 2019