Serial Lesson Plans are published!

After at least 100 hours of work, the first three units of the Serial Podcast lesson plans are finished and published. All told, there are over a hundred pages of lessons, vocabulary lists, printable worksheets, and lots and lots of time stamps (so you know where to find what you’re looking for in the podcast).

Unit 1 (10 lessons on the first episode) is available here.

Unit 2 (Episodes 2-4) is available here.

And Unit 3 (Episodes 5-7) is available here, and it’s free for today.

Unit 4 (Episodes 8-10) is almost done, and Unit 5 will include final projects and be done soon.

And then I can hopefully concentrate on doing a little more reflective writing. There’s a lot coming up this semester!

12 thoughts on “Serial Lesson Plans are published!

  1. Hello. I too, am teaching using Serial. As we near the end of the semester, I am assessing the speaking and listening CCSS by having students do a “closing argument” using evidence they recorded from the podcast and other online resources. Is this anything like what you are doing for a wrap up? I'd be interested in talking about it, if so.

  2. We actually got pinched for time since our final was actually on the same day as the season finale (and now I have new classes). I have heard from other teachers, though, and have been given some ideas similar to yours. Some of them are doing mock trials, and others are doing creating their own podcast lessons. Feel free to email me ( with more specific questions or ideas, and I'll give you some more details if they help. In any case, it sounds fun — let me know how it goes!

  3. Unit 4 is done, and is just being formalized; it will probably be published in the middle of next week; Unit 5 (the final unit) should follow right after that. I was just about to wrap it up, but I'm getting some amazing ideas at a CTE conference I'm at right now. More to come..

  4. We're planning on publishing the rest of episodes this weekend. The editor will be busy with her own work for the entire next week, so I'm driving hard to get the lessons done by Saturday morning.

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