|Learning Target OR Standards & Connections
- Related SEL Skills: Social Awareness, Self-awareness
- Be able to talk through and process current events
- Practice deep listening and consider alternative views
- Develop an awareness of media and media literacy
|All grade levels
- Teacher opens a new Soundtrap project and titles it “What’s in Your News”
- Teacher records a voice track acknowledging big events/ current events that may be causing big emotions for students.
- The teacher records 4 prompts in separate, numbered tracks to be answered asynchronously:
- What’s in my news? Encourage students to think about print, digital, social media as news.
- Based on that news, my thoughts, feelings, and questions are… Optional: provide a model
- Based on my identity (gender, race, ability, class, etc), this is how I carry those thoughts and feelings
- Even though this is big news and causes big emotions, I can take action and make a change by…
- Teacher adds empty tracks for students’ responses.
- Teacher shares the project either as an assignment or as a collaboration with small groups of 4-5 students.
- Students will solo and listen to each numbered teacher instruction track.
- Students then record their response to each prompt and add loops in the same track that represent their answers.
- Optional: Students can edit the region name with which prompt the recording corresponds.
- Students may discuss how the assignment felt either in a class discussion or in another recording in the project
- Students may listen to each other’s responses and provide feedback/ask questions/debate/offer emotional support/etc
- Students can take their responses and use it to either write a song or record a podcast that reflects on what’s in their news and their thoughts and emotions around the event.
Adapted from Sara K Ahmed’s lesson from Being the Change
This lesson was co-authored by Soundtrap Education Specialist Serena Robinett and former Soundtrap Education Specialist Audrey O’Clair.
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