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Awesome Audio Book

Catyn Coburn


Students select and record a poem, article, or short story that incorporates images and sounds within the text to elicit emotions in the listener. They write an explanation of how sounds and images are used to elicit the emotional response.


The student writes fluently for a variety of occasions, audiences, and purposes, making appropriate choices regarding style, tone, level of detail, and organization.

The student selects and uses a variety of speaking strategies to clarify meaning and to reflect understanding, interpretation, application, and evaluation of content, processes, or experiences, including asking relevant questions when necessary, making appropriate and meaningful comments, and making insightful observations.

The student applies oral communication skills to interviews, group presentations, formal presentations, and impromptu situations.

The student understands the subtleties of literary devices and techniques in the comprehension and creation of communication.

The student understands the use of images and sounds to elicit the reader's emotions in both fiction and nonfiction.


-Poetry books
-Short stories
-Magazine or news articles
-Audio tapes
-Tape recorder


1. Gather resource materials to be used by the students.
2. Teach students how to use the tape recorder.


Students understand the impact of imaging and sound on a reader's emotions.

Authentic Context:
You have just started your own publishing company that records books on tape. You will prepare a sample recording to be reviewed by potential customers. After analyzing your piece, you will create the sample audio tape concentrating on the images and sounds used to elicit emotion.

1. Read a selection out loud and ask students to write down their thoughts and feelings while it is being read.
2. Facilitate class discussion focusing on sounds and images in the selection and how these affect the studentsí reactions to the piece.
3. Students select a piece to analyze, interpret, and record.
4. Students record their selections. Students should identify the title of the selection and the author on the tape.
5. Students write a brief explanation of how sound and images are used in the poem to elicit emotion.
6. Play the audio tapes of the students' selections for the class.

*If a student selects a short story or magazine article, have the student record a portion of the selection that they feel elicits the most emotional response.


The student evaluation should consist of an analysis of the selection and a self-assessment of the oral presentation.

Analysis of poem- 50%
Write a brief paragraph explaining how sound and images are used in the selection to elicit emotion.

Self Assessment - 50%
Explain how your reading of the piece accurately represents the authorís use of sound and imagery.

-Student give a logical explanation for how the sound and images elicit the emotion(s).
-Student cites specific examples from the text to support statements.
-Student's reading should be clear and use appropriate intonations and variations to elicit the desired response.
-Student exhibits an understanding of literary devices such as imagery and figurative language by identifying them correctly.
-Student's written response exhibits appropriate style, tone, level of detail, and organization to fit the audience and purpose.


Students send sample audio tapes to local nursing homes, associations for the blind, or nursery schools.
Students submit their sample audio tapes to be played on the morning announcements at school.
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