Radio Shakespeare. Using audio to deepen knowledge of a Shakespeare play.
Students create a short podcast or radio programme based on a discussion of a key character, scene or theme in a Shakespeare play.
The teacher sets the questions and the students record then edit the answers using Adobe Audition. This is a fun and engaging activity that will build students key audio editing skills while deepening their knowledge and understanding of important elements of the play.
Students will create a short digital audio file, radio programme or podcast discussing their thoughts and ideas on a specific Shakespeare play.
In the following suggested approach, students have the opportunity to explore a key character, scene or theme.
- Students watch, read or discuss a performance of a key scene from a specific Shakespeare play.
- Ask all students to write three questions they have about the scene. It would be useful to ask them to focus either on specific characters and their actions or themes unless you want a wide ranging discussion about the scene.
- Students then work in groups to explore the scene, preferably watching it again at their own pace and using their questions to form the basis of a recorded discussion.
- Students then record the discussion either directly into a computer, device or phone.
- Teachers or students can watch this video to learn about the basics of editing simple audio using Adobe Audition, part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
- Play the completed podcasts/radio programmes back to the class for a follow up discussion on both the success of the audio and the ideas presented.