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Tech Rich Lesson Plan:
  • Audio Podcasting - Reading/Recording a Shakespearean Sonnet
  1. Students will find a Shakespearean sonnet and okay it with the teacher.
  2. Students will print a copy of the sonnet and practice reading it aloud.
  3. Students will use Audacity to record themselves reading the sonnet.
  4. Students will analyze their recording to find the natural rhythm of iambic pentameter.
  • Assessment: Students will fill out a self evaluation rubric of their recording.
  • Sample:[ invalid file: Sonnet > 18.mp3 ]
  • Rubric:
Reading/Recording Shakespearean Sonnets Using Audacity
I pre-read my sonnet and understand the rhythm of iambic pentameter.
I pre-read my sonnet, but do not understand the rhythm of iambic pentameter.
I did not pre-read my sonnet and do not understand the rhythm of iambic pentameter.
I recorded my sonnet clearly. If I was not satisfied with my recording I re-recorded it. I listened to my recording.
I recorded my sonnet. I listened to my recording.
I did not review my recording and/or I did not record my sonnet.
Following Directions
I followed the written directions for Audacity. If I had a question I asked.
I followed some of the directions for Audacity. I did not seek help when I had a question.
I did not complete the assignment as asked. I did not ask for help when I needed it.

Instructions for making a podcast:
  1. Go into Application and click on the Audacity icon.
  2. Once in Audacity, go into the Audacity list at the top of the screen.
  3. Once in the Audacity list, select Preferences.
  4. Once in Preferences, select Audio I/O.
  5. Under Devices, it will read "Built-in Input", you will want to open the selections and click on "Built-in Microphone".
  6. Once "Built-in Microphone" is selected, press OK.
  7. Making sure the "I" icon in the upper left corner (the "selection tool") is selected, press the red record button to record voice. To stop the recording, press the yellow stop button.
  8. *Make sure to speak loudly and clearly into the monitor.
  9. Once audio is recorded, press the purple rewind arrows to rewind.
  10. Once the audio clip is rewound, press the green pay arrow to listen to clip.
  11. If you are unsatisfied with the audio clip, click the small X in the upper left corner of the gray audio box to delete; follow steps 7-10 to re-record until satisfied with audio clip.
  12. To record a second audio clip, deselect the gray audio box and follow steps 7-10 again.
  13. If you would like to add the second audio clip to the first audio clip, highlight the section of the clip you wish to move and press control + c to copy the highlighted audio. Once the highlighted audio is copied, click on the first audio clip where you wish to insert the second audio clip. In order to paste the clip press control + v. The flist audio clip should appear longer now containing the second audio clip.
  14. If you have no more use for the second clip, press the small X in the upper left corner of the gray audio box to delete the second audio clip.
  15. At this point you should save if you have not done so already. Go to File in the list at the top of the screen and select Save Project As.
  16. A small gray box will pop-up for you to save your audio clip. Type in the appropriate Save As title and make sure your audio clip will be saved to the desktop in the Where section. Once you are satisfied with your Save As information, press Save. You should now have a .aup document saved to your desktop.
  17. *There will be both a file folder and a white page with the Audacity logo on your desktop - do not move one without the other.
  18. If you would like to add music to your audio clip, go to
  19. Double-click on the music style you would like to accompany your saved audio clip.
  20. Once you have selected a music style, a blue scree should pop-up on Freeplay Music. Listen to different sound clips by clicking on the Preview links listed under the various different titles.
  21. Once you find a music clip you like, select an appropriate length of time (if your audio clip is 8 seconds long, select a 10 second music clip) so that you will have a few seconds before and after your audio clip.
  22. Select the appropriate time under the MP3 links under the music clip you would like to use. Once you click on the MP3 link, a gray download box will appear. Make sure you are saving the music clip to the desktop and click on Save File. Once the file is saved, it should appear on your desktop.
  23. To incorporate the music clip into your audio clip, click on the Project list at the top of your screen. Once the Project list is open, select Import Audio.
  24. Once you have clicked on Import Audio, a gray upload box will appear on your screen. Select the music clip that you recently saved on your desktop and press Open.
  25. The music clip you have just selected should appear in your Audacity window underneath your recorded audio clip. Since it is directly underneath your audio clip, it will play at the same time.
  26. To crescendo/decrescendo your music clip so that it does not over power the audio clip you have recorded, click on the two white triangles icon in the upper left corner of your Audacity window. You should now have a double triangle curser and will be able to click on the music clip.
  27. *Adjust your music to crescendo before the audio clip, decrescendo while the audio clip runs, and crescendo again when the audio clip is over. This will ensure the focus is on the audio clip.
  28. To move your audio clip to the center of your music clip, select the double sided arrow icon in the upper left corner of your Audacity window. By clicking on the clip you want to move, you will be able to move your audio clip.
  29. Play around with these options until you are satisfied with how the audio clip sounds with the music. Make sure to save often.
  30. To make the Audacity clip into an MP3 clip, go to the File list at the top of your screen. Select Export as MP3. A gray Save box will appear. Title the clip and make sure you save to your desktop. Click Save when you are satisfied with your Save information. This will bring you to a small gray format box. Fill in the appropriate information and click OK. The audio clip will then load to the desktop and appear as an MP3 document.
  31. *MP3 is more accessible to share with others.

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