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Create a Radio Show

Students will come up with a unique idea for a radio show and create an outline for one hour of air time on their new show.

PROCESS:

  1. As a class, identify the many different types of radio shows offered on the air (documentary, music, talk show, etc.). Identify the purpose of each (inform, entertain, persuade). Discuss how the content of a radio show, such as comedy vs. news or the many different genres of music, influences the type of listener a radio show will attract.
  2. Inform students that they are going to create their own radio show. Encourage students to select the type of show they would like to create.
  3. Give students time to listen to a variety of radio shows in their selected genre. What did they like? What would they change? How could they create a new show in that genre that is unique?
  4. Instruct students to brainstorm ideas for their new radio show. Students should identify the type of audience they want to attract and select a purpose and format (interviews, music, live callers, infomercials, etc.) that will help them achieve that goal.
  5. Give students time to create a schedule outlining one hour for air time on their new radio show. Have older students write and present a script for the first five minutes of their show.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to share their outlines with the class. Encourage classmates to evaluate ways in which the radio show's content and format are designed to attract a specific audience.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Divide the class into small groups. Encourage each group to select the type of radio show it would like to create and the type of audience it wants to attract. Give students time to brainstorm ideas. Depending on the type of show students pursue, challenge them to identify details such as which songs they will play, who they will interview, or the types of commercials they will air.
Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into small groups. Encourage each group to select the type of radio show it would like to create and the type of audience it wants to attract. Give students time to brainstorm ideas. Then challenge each group to create an outline that is exactly one hour long. To do this, students should know the length of each song they play, interview they hold, or commercial they play.
Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into small groups. Encourage each group to select the type of radio show it would like to create and the type of audience it wants to attract. Give students time to brainstorm ideas. Encourage groups to create a detailed outline for their one-hour show, identifying each song they will play, person they will interview, etc. Then have groups write a word-for-word script for the first five minutes of their broadcast. Invite groups to read their scripts aloud or play previously recorded versions for their classmates.
Grades 9-10:
Divide the class into small groups. Encourage each group to select the type of radio show it would like to create and the type of audience it wants to attract. Inform groups that their shows will air live. No content will be pre-recorded. With that in mind, give students time to brainstorm ideas for their show. Encourage groups to create an overall outline, identifying each song they will play, person they will interview, time they will spend with live callers, etc. Instruct them to also write a basic outline of what they would like to say. Give each group five minutes to present their live programs to the class.