All writing prompts must be completed in your journals by the assigned dates. You are responsible for completing these writing prompts on your own time at home or when you have down time in class. The teacher will not read your journals, just check for completion of the week’s work. These writing prompts will also provide us with a great deal of source material for our short film and podcasts this spring. The more work you put into your journals now, the more you will have to work with when it comes time to write for our movie and podcasts.
Writing prompts March 11 - 15. 100-word minimum. You must complete 5 of the assigned prompts by Friday, 3/15/19.
1. What has YouTube taught you?
2. What musician, actor or author should be a superstar, but hasn’t quite made It yet?
3. What ideas do you have for a reality tv show?
4. Should schools cancel summer vacation? Why or why not?
5. What worries do you have about college or other plans for your future after high school?
6. FREE WRITE.
Writing prompts March 18 - 22. 100-word minimum. You must complete 5 of the assigned prompts by Friday, 3/22/19.
1. If you were going to make a movie set inside the school what would it be about?
2. Write a monologue where the character has to make a big decision. The choice should be high stakes and change their lives. Write in first person. By the end of the monologue the character must make a choice.
3. What advice would you give your mom, dad or guardian about being a better parent?
4. What is your earliest memory?
5. Do you think teenagers can make a difference in the world? Why or Why not?
6. FREE WRITE.
Writing prompts March 25 - 29. 100-word minimum. You must complete 5 of the assigned prompts by Friday, 3/29/19.
1. When was the last time you did something that scared or challenged you?
2. How do you deal with "haters?"
3. How do you cope with grief?
4. Do you believe everything happens for a reason? Why or why not?
5. What six people, living or dead, would you invite to dinner?
6. FREE WRITE.
You should now be at least a little familiar with the elements that make for good podcasts and storytelling. What’s next? Analyzing and practicing effective interviewing techniques, another ingredient central to many podcasts.
From the list of NYT 500 writing prompts, choose a prompt you could pose as a podcast interview question. You are going to practice taking on the role of interviewer and interviewee, and will have one minute to conduct an interview. Interviews should take up the entire minute, so if there is extra time, interviewers should be ready to ask follow-up questions.
Watch this Radio Rookies video (above) about a particular type of interview — the vox pop, or on-the-street, interview. You should continue adding notes on interview techniques. After the video, do a quick share with the person next to you about what you noticed in the video.
Vox pops are just one kind of interview. Often interviews are prepared, meaning the interviewee has time to think about the questions in advance (as opposed to the vox pop) and the interview includes multiple questions and takes place in a more formal, or at least quiet, setting.
Now should listen to the three brief audio clips below and take notes on the same handout.
Invisibilia: Episode 1: Dark Thoughts (Segment: 0:00 - 2:40)
The Daily: Fired Over an Instagram Post (Segment: 0:00 - 3:45)
StoryCorps: Gregory Bess and April Gibson (Segment: 0:00 - 2:36)
For “The Daily” episode, you might notice that the interview questions are sometimes edited out — so the listener just hears the interviewee’s responses. You might even guess what the missing questions were.
What interviewing techniques did you hear?
Which ones do you think are the most essential to good interviewing?
Which techniques might be most helpful to you in making your podcasts?
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