Writing in Stereo

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WiS Lesson 11A

May 20th, 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.writingmini.jpg

UNIT OBJECTIVE: (XI) The student will improve skills in writing a book report by composing and recording a book review program.

LESSON OBJECTIVE: (A) The student will identify in a quiz the following terms: setting, characters, plot, conflict, crisis, climax, and theme.

MATERIALS REQUIRED: Paper and pencil

INTRODUCTION: Before we can produce a book review program, we've got to be sure we know what we're talking about.


1. Introduce the terms above and discuss them in light of the book or books you're reading in class.

2. Suggest possible general definitions for each.

3. Give a simple quiz in which students provide the terms for the appropriate definitions listed on the board or overhead.

EVALUATION FOCUS: Satisfy yourself that all students master each distinctive fiction element.

Notes (XI.A)

You may wish to amend this list and that incorporated into the book review format in the next lesson. Use elements and explanations most comfortable to you.