Writing in Stereo

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WiS Lesson 2B

April 2nd, 2010

The original Writing in Stereo was published online back in the late 1980’s.  Its purpose was to apply creative radio dramatics to all aspects of the teaching of high school English.  Each lesson included a lesson plan and notes.  I’m sharing these with you here.

UNIT OBJECTIVE: (II) The student will adapt a short story to the radio drama, preserving the author's intent.

LESSON OBJECTIVE: (B) The student will collaborate with a partner on the actual written adaptation of a short story to radio drama and record their script and that of another pair.

MATERIALS REQUIRED: Paper and pencil, text of short story, audio tape recorder/player, some recording space

INTRODUCTION: Now that you know the new rules, you can write your own adaptation of any of the short stories we've read together.


1. Have students select partners for the collaboration.

2. Have pairs select the short story they wish to adapt.

3. Follow PROCEDURE steps 3-6 in Lesson Objective I-B.

4. Students may wish to add more elaborate sound effects or music to this production. Make this optional.

EVALUATION FOCUS: As in past assignments concentrate your judgements on the written text being spoken. Your criteria are the effective uses of the four added rules for this unit.