Topic: Podcast philosophy movie review assignment


1) Explore family or parenting concepts in the current module through one of the following means of investigation (sources):

a. Watch a movie or

b. Watch an episode of a television show (your analysis should NOT be based on a whole TV series; only one episode) or a TED Talk

➔ The source must have a connection to family/parenting concepts from the current module! For example, for Module 1 Podcast, the concepts should come from Mod 1 required textbook chapters.

2) Provide analysis by applying two concepts from the current module textbook

chapters to the source. For example, make a connection between a textbook concept

and something you saw, read, or heard; compare/contrast a textbook concept with something you saw, read, or heard; describe how something you saw, read, or heard illustrates a textbook concept. Do this twice!

3) Develop script. Think of the script as similar to a short paper, but written in a more conversational tone as if you are speaking to an audience (because you are!); ~2.5-3 double spaced pages would be about appropriate to cover what you need.

It does NOT need to be APA formatted (except References page), as I will not be reading or grading your script itself. Your audio will be graded for content.

See sample script posted on Podcast assignment link. What your script should include:

a. Start by hooking the listener with an engaging opening

➢For example, you could have your own podcast jingle, and give your podcast a name and tagline

➢Then begin the content portion with something to grab the listener’s attention such as with a relevant question, quote, or catchy statements

b. Introduce yourself and what you will be talking about

➢Just as you do at the start of a paper, you will briefly set up what is to come/what the podcast is about. Also, introduce yourself!

c. Provide a summary of the source

➢This portion of the podcast briefly provides an overview of the movie, show, book, articles, or interviews. Keep it to about a paragraph

➢Be sure the first time you mention the source, that you refer to the source by name (e.g., name of movie), and cite it by orally stating the author and year the first time you mention the source in your talk.

If a movie or show: the “author” would be the production studio, producer(s), or director(s), and need year. Also, for a show, include the episode title

d. Describe your analysis, covering one concept at a time. Describe the concept first and then the application of it.

➢For example, if I am applying feminist theory, I would start by describing feminist theory (paraphrased and cited), then the scene from the movie that illustrates feminist theory and how.

Then I would go on to describe the next concept, followed by the scene from the movie and how it illustrates the concept

➢When describing the concept from the textbook, you must put it in your

own words, which means you cannot copy it verbatim from the textbook

(cannot even copy half a sentence from the textbook; rather, it must be

restated in your own words). AND you must orally cite it, which means

orally saying the author and year in your talk. For example, “According to

Heath in 2015, feminist theory is…” or “As stated in Heath, 2015, the definition of family is…”

❖ Your definition/description of the concepts MUST BE IN YOUR OWN WORDS

❖ DO NOT use the full textbook name or say “in the textbook” or “in

the chapter” types of statements. Citations, even in this oral podcast, should be according to APA such that you mention the author and year

e. Wrap up your talk with an impactful ending that brings your talk together and provides closure.

➢Do this by providing a brief (1-2 sentence) summary of your main points, and then leaving your listener with an overall message or with something to ponder

➢Also consider ending with your jingle and/or podcast name, tagline, and/or a signature way you sign-off your podcasts, including adding a sound element

➔ Yes, you have certain content elements to include in your script and it should have a logical order and be clear to follow, but give care to making it engaging as well!

Podcast can be no more than 7 minutes.

4) Choose audio recording program.

➔ You can use any audio recording program, as long as it allows you to save the audio file in a common audio format (e.g., .wav, .mp3), and upload the file to Canvas.

Your cell phone or computer may come with a voice recording app or program, but double check its features as it may only allow you to store files as part of the app/program, in which case you would not be able to upload the file to Canvas.

Some examples of recording programs: Audacity; GarageBand; Voice Record

Pro. I recommend Audacity, which can be downloaded free from and is incredibly easy to use. To use, you simply open it, press record, start talking, and press stop when finished. Then click “file,” “export audio,” give your file a name, and export (save) it to your computer.

It should automatically save as a .wav file. You can attach that file directly to the Podcast assignment link on Canvas.

➔ Your podcast file should be saved as .mp3 or .wav. If you would like to use an audio recording program that outputs files into a .wma, .aiff, or .m4a format, send me a test file in advance to check that I do not have trouble opening it.

5) Record podcast.

➔ Podcast should be about 3-7 minutes (7 minutes is the max).

➔ Consider adding intro and closing music or sound effects, and appropriate sound effects throughout as long as they do not interfere with your audio

➔ Your talk should have a logical flow and be easy to follow, use a tone that is engaging and enthusiastic, have a good pace and be easy to hear

➔ Your podcast file should be .mp3 or .wav.

➔ It is your responsibility to check your file is working and the audio quality is good.

Your audio should be clear and loud enough to be heard! Silent or inaudible files will result in 0 grade.

6) Write APA-formatted references list in Word doc.

➔ See the APA Manual or resources provided on the Podcast assignment link for how to format the reference for a movie, show, book, or journal articles. See the syllabus for how to format the textbooks. Project may not be graded if references list is not submitted (or -5 points deducted).

➢This site is useful for writing references of non-print sources, such as television shows and movies:

➔ The references format for interviews is as follows:

Smith, J. (September 9, 2017). Personal communication. John Smith.

7) Upload podcast, script, AND references list to Canvas (your script and references list can be part of same document)

Your audio file should be an .mp3 or .wav file!


Organization (10 points)

• Starts with hook to gain attention/inter est of audience

• Student introduces self and topic

• Clear, logical flow of content (intro, background, analysis, wrapup)

• Background info of source (e.g., show) is described with citation

• Transition statements used to move talk along; not choppy

• Easy to follow

• Ends with concluding statements that provide closure and leave impact, and listener

knows it is over

• Does not exceed max of 7 minutes Analysis (27 points)

• Concepts clearly described, taken one at time

• When concepts integrated, paraphrased and textbook cited (mentioned) in talk; otherwise, they are considered missing (- 12.5/missing concept)

• The application of concepts was logical, clear, and accurate

• Adequate depth/descripti on to follow the analysis

• Relevant to module and reflective of correct understanding

Delivery, Style (10 points)

• Good pace, tone, delivery

• Good audio quality

• Audio can be well heard and understood

• Enthusiastic, engaging

• Appropriate sound use

References (3 points)

• Project may not be graded without APA formatted References list

• See instructions, posted resource, or google for how to write references for various sources

Type of service-Academic paper writing
Type of assignment-Movie review
Pages / words-5 / 1375
Number of sources-3
Academic level-Junior (College 3rd year)
Paper format-APA
Line spacing-Double
Language style-US English

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