Character Interview Podcast with Adobe Audition

Students write and record a podcast with one of the characters from a book they have read
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About This Strategy

This 5+ hour strategy helps students practice reading, writing, and speaking skills as they create and record a Podcast interview with a fictitious character using Adobe Audition. This strategy can be adapted for use with any reading assignment, and it can be used in conjunction with other Adobe products, like Spark Video.

Because Audition enables production of quick, creative podcasts, this strategy empowers students to demonstrate analysis and critical thinking about characters in a deep and meaningful way.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Spark Video
  • Editable Resource Bundle
  • PDF Resource Bundle 

Outline for Teachers

300 minutes

Learn. 

Students explore great podcasts. They listen and take note of what moves a podcast forward, how the speakers maintain a casual, conversational tone, and what types of questions serve to sustain the discussion. Students watch a video about podcast interview tips here,  read about effective podcasts here, and listen to a curated list of podcasts here. Students use this planning guide to help record their new learning. (90 minutes)

Evaluate. 

Students plan their podcast, using what they learned in the Learn phase. Students consult their planning guide to scaffold them in creating  an introduction to the podcast, crafting interview questions, and anticipating possible responses. Students use this template to draft their podcast. (90 minutes)

Create. 

Students create their podcast in Audition. They use these steps to guide them. Students can examine an example here, and read/watch  a tutorial here. Students self-assess their completed podcast using these questions, adapted from the article they read in the Learn step. (90 minutes)

Share. 

Students share and publish their Audition podcast, as directed by their instructor. 

Steps for Students

After reading a work of fiction, you will write and record a podcast with one of the characters, using Adobe Audition. Your podcast should focus on thought-provoking, analysis-level questions that sustain a conversation with a partner, who will be acting as your selected character.

Because Adobe Audition allows you to create and record professional-sounding, creative podcasts, you will be able to demonstrate your analysis of a fictional character in a novel, interesting way.

Steps:

1.To begin, learn about what makes a great podcast by:

  • Reading this article about effective podcasts.

  • Watching this video about podcast interview tips.

  • Listen to at least two masterful interview podcasts. You can choose from this list.

As you listen, read, and watch, pay special attention to:

  • The interviewer's tone and how he/she works quickly to develop a rapport with the person being interviewed.

  • The types of questions the interviewer asks.

  • How the interviewer sustains the dialogue and keeps the conversation moving between questions.

Record your learning from the article, video, and podcasts in this planning guide. You will continue to refer to your planning guide as you draft your interview podcast. (90 minutes)

2. Using your knowledge of a text read recently, select a character to interview in a podcast, and a classmate who can participate in the interview as the character. Draft your podcast interview using this template. Be sure to consult your responses in the planning guide and the rubric as you work, to ensure that your plan will meet work expectations. (90 minutes)

3. Meet with your partner and record your podcast in Audition. Use these steps to guide you. After you've recorded and saved your podcast, complete a Self-Assessment to evaluate what you did well and what you could improve upon in your podcast. (90 minutes)

4. Share your Audition podcast as directed by your instructor.

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric to evaluate students' podcasts.