Writing in Stereo

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WiS Lesson 4B

April 10th, 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: (IV) The student will adapt to radio a modern dramatic scene written for the stage.

LESSON OBJECTIVE: (B) The student will obtain and practice the necessary sound and music cues required by the scripted scene.

MATERIALS REQUIRED: Paper and pencil, manual sound effects accessories, musical instruments or recordings, audio tape recorder/player, a second playback tape machine, some recording space

INTRODUCTION: Now you have a script for the scene you want to record. Today we'll take a look at the music and sound cues you've written for yourself. These are going to be in your scene, and they're going to sound terrific!


1. Using their playback recorders, musical instruments, and manual sound effects paraphernalia, students practice the sound and music cues they've added to their radio adaptation.

2. When each pair is prepared, they join another pair to teach them their cues. Again they practice.

3. Foursomes record the scripts of both pairs.

EVALUATION FOCUS: Take a critical look at the dialogue plants added to the original play text. Creative use of music and sound effects is a secondary consideration.