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WiS Lesson 8F “Special Interest”

May 5th, 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: (F) As a member of one of four special interest coalitions, the student will caucus with others and nominate a candidate to a three-member Bond Priorities Board.

MATERIALS REQUIRED: Paper and pencil

INTRODUCTION: Now we're ready to nominate candidates for the Bond Priorities Board. Now this board has only three members, and we have more than three special interest groups. Someone's going to get left out.

PROCEDURE

1. Each group caucuses to choose a nominee.

2. There should be some negotiating going on within each group.

3. Members of the media have stories to file, so they should be moving about getting information.

EVALUATION FOCUS: A nominee for the board should emerge from each of the groups after a period of 30 minutes or so.