World Views Class Processes Pandemic Through Podcasts
Jennifer Golub-Marcus's 9th grade world views classes have become historians with their most recent assignment to create podcasts addressing a topic related to the COVID-19 pandemic. From the toilet paper crisis and conspiracy theories to how families are connecting and the search for a vaccine, students are taking on issues that are important to them personally during this historic time.
Ms. Marcus first created the podcast assignment last year to teach students about Greek and Roman history and mythology. While this year's topics have strayed wildly, the skills students are learning remain the same. "A podcast, like a thesis, has to have a central focus but in the podcast students have to be much more in tune with the audience experience and participation," said Ms. Marcus. "This assignment makes me feel like I'm teaching ancient storytelling. We could all be sitting around a fire and bringing us all the way back to doing what we as human beings do best: telling a good story."
Click here to listen to a few of their podcasts. (The first podcast will play automatically. Click "download" next to each title to listen to additional podcasts.)