Writing in Stereo

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WiS Lesson 8A “Special Interest”

April 30th, 2010

The original Writing in Stereo was published online back in the late 1980’s.  Its purpose was to apply creative radio dramatics or broadcast journalism 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: (VIII) The student will practice the confident pursuit of information in the classroom simulation, "Special Interest."

LESSON OBJECTIVE: (A) The student will, as appointed MEDIA member, elect editors.

MATERIALS REQUIRED: Paper and pencil

INTRODUCTION: This simulation has two purposes. The first is to offer students opportunities to practice and observe others practicing aggressive reporting strategies in a dynamic news environment. The second is to practice that dynamic, democratic exercise of responsible civic participation. We begin by announcing those who will be our reporters.


1. Name three (3) students appointed to act as newspaper journalists writing for The Daily Wisdom.

2. Name three (3) students appointed to act as broadcast journalists writing and recording for "W-I-S News Radio."

3. Explain that they will soon have specific story assignments to cover in their efforts to "scoop" their competition reporting for the other medium.

4. Their immediate task is to elect from among their members an editor for each medium team to help them select news story assignments and make sure those stories are filed appropriately.

5. Should they follow what is happening throughout the classroom during this, they may form their own opinions and plot strategies for the coming news reporting assignments.

EVALUATION FOCUS: This will be pursued independently while you are directing the class's efforts in the larger issue selection process to follow. Its success depends on how well you select the students for the media. They should be those most likely to take individual initiative. They are modeling that for the rest of the class throughout the simulation.