Pictured Rocks Podcast

Summary

Using the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter, students will research and evaluate the lives of lighthouse keepers and create a new media product.

Coin Type(s)

  • Quarter

Coin Program(s)

  • America the Beautiful Quarters

Objectives

Students will research and evaluate the lives of the lighthouse keepers and communicate a narrative using new technologies.

Major Subject Area Connections

  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts

Grades

  • 7th
  • 8th

Class Time

  • Sessions: Three
  • Session Length: 45-60 minutes
  • Total Length: 151-500 minutes

    Groupings

    • Whole group
    • Individual work

    Background Knowledge

    Students should have knowledge of U.S. geography (Great Lakes). Students should have basic knowledge of the writing process.

    Terms and Concepts

    • Quarter
    • Reverse (back)
    • Obverse (front)
    • Podcast
    • Lighthouse

    Materials

    Preparations

    Worksheets

    Lesson Steps

    1. Display and examine the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter obverse and reverse. Tell the students that the front of a coin is called the "obverse" and the back is called the "reverse." Explain to the students that the United States Mint began to issue the quarters in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program in 2010. By the time the program ends in 2021, there will be a total of 56 designs. Each design will focus on a different national site—one from each state, territory and the District of Columbia.
    2. Read the description of the coin on the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter Page. Emphasize the location's unique placement on Lake Superior.
    3. Display the nps.gov Au Sable Light Station Podcasts Page: https://www.nps.gov/piro/learn/photosmultimedia/multimedia-presentations.htm. Review the concept of a podcast with the class: a podcast is a digital audio (or sometimes video) file that can be downloaded and listened to on a computer, phone, or other media player device. Podcasts are produced in episode form and users can subscribe to receive new episodes. Podcasts can be for entertainment or education, and they often offer listeners an in-depth view of a specific topic.
    4. Explain that the Au Sable Light Station podcasts offer a look at the life of a lighthouse keeper, the person who kept the lighthouse running. This person had to be very responsible and trustworthy, as they were often alone for great stretches of time.
    5. As a class, listen to the Au Sable Light Station podcasts, starting with "Sudden Storms": https://www.nps.gov/piro/learn/photosmultimedia/multimedia-presentations.htm.
      • You can listen to the three episodes about life as a lighthouse keeper: "Sudden Storms," "Why Here?" and "Family Matters" and you can continue for additional stories by also listening to "Unexpected Visitors" and "Murder and Intrigue."
      • Ask students to take notes as they listen to the podcast.
    6. Review the writing process (prewriting, writing, editing and revising and publishing). Tell the students that they will be using the writing process and their notes about the lighthouse keepers to write a podcast script about their imagined experiences as a lighthouse keeper at Au Sable Light Station. The podcast script should be approximately five minutes when read out loud and cover the following topics:
      • Description of the geographic area where the lighthouse is
      • Description of their duties as a lighthouse keeper
      • What challenges they might face as a lighthouse keeper (weather, isolation, etc.)
      • What emotions they would have as a lighthouse keeper
    7. Allow students time to do additional research to supplement their notes. Make relevant source materials available, such as the nps.gov website https://www.nps.gov/piro/index.htm.
    8. Have the class present their podcasts to the class.
      • Students can read their podcast aloud, or they can record their podcasts and play them back for the class. (Allow for additional class time to record the podcasts.) If there is an audio component, have students also provide a written version of the podcast.

    Differentiated Learning Options

    • Allow work in pairs or small groups.
    • Have students do a multimedia presentation in lieu of a podcast.
    • Allow students to use a scribe to record their script.

    Enrichments/Extensions

    • Have students illustrate their podcast or provide supplemental relevant images.
    • Have students create a web page to go along with their podcast.
    • Collect audio files of all the podcasts and post them online in episode form.

    Assess

    • Use the "Pictured Rocks Podcast Rubric" to evaluate whether students have met the lesson objective.

    Common Core Standards

    Discipline: Language Arts
    Domain: L.7 Language
    Grade(s): Grade 7 
    Cluster: Conventions of Standard English
    Standards:

    • L.7.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
      • Explain the function of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences.
      • Choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to signal differing relationships among ideas.
      • Place phrases and clauses within a sentence, recognizing and correcting misplaced and dangling modifiers.
    • L.7.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
      • Use a comma to separate coordinate adjectives (e.g., It was a fascinating, enjoyable movie but not He wore an old[,] green shirt).
      • Spell correctly.

    Discipline: Language Arts
    Domain: L.8 Language
    Grade(s): Grade 7 
    Cluster: Conventions of Standard English
    Standards:

    • L.8.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
      • Explain the function of verbals (gerunds, participles, infinitives) in general and their function in particular sentences.
      • Form and use verbs in the active and passive voice.
      • Form and use verbs in the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive mood.
      • Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.
    • L.8.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
      • Use punctuation (comma, ellipsis, dash) to indicate a pause or break.
      • Use an ellipsis to indicate an omission.
      • Spell correctly.

    Discipline: Language Arts
    Domain: SL.7 Speaking & Listening
    Grade(s): Grade 7 
    Cluster: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
    Standards:

    • SL.7.4 Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
    • SL.7.5 Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.
    • SL.7.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

    Discipline: Language Arts
    Domain: SL.8 Speaking & Listening
    Grade(s): Grade 8 
    Cluster: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
    Standards:

    • SL.8.4 Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
    • SL.8.5 Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
    • SL.8.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grade 8 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)

    National Standards

    This lesson plan is not associated with any National Standards.