FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Podcast Listening Guide for Any True Crime Series, Student Casebook”

by Julie Faulkner

7th – 12th Grade



This student casebook is designed to be a set of worksheets your students can use during their listening experience of any popular true crime podcast series of your choice. The pages provided are designed to work as a whole while students “investigate” along with the podcast’s narrator; however, you could just pull out a few at a time. Students will have the opportunity to collect evidence, interview/question suspects, chart the timeline, and make their own hypothesis of the outcome. Podcasts provide a unique way to build critical thinking skills while adhering to state standards, and the fact that these worksheets are designed specifically for the popular true-crime vein of the podcast genre means that you can choose any one you want, and with no prep for you, you and your students can join the movement quickly and easily – without sacrificing any amount of critical thinking, problem solving, or fun!

Plus, this set of recording sheets also comes in a digital hybrid, ready-to-complete Google Drive format! They’ll be ready in just a moment’s notice for you to conduct an amazingly in-depth lesson of your preferred true crime series podcast such as Serial or Up and Vanished! The images, questions, and boxes are fixed in Google Slides, but they are made ready for students to type their answers right on the page!

Use them in English class, criminal justice, technology, journalism, history, etc. Your students will love that they are beautifully designed and allow them to be part of the story. You will love that your students are engaged successfully in discussing this new genre of texts. Your admin will love that students are thinking critically and meeting standards.

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