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Podcasts for Book Clubs

GarageBand Tutorials

The video below shows you how to use the "automation" feature to lower or raise the volume level of a track.  This would be useful for background music, where you want a lower volume level behind the narrator.  

Be sure to rename your project so you can find it easily.  In the "GarageBand Recents" screen, tap and hold on your file for a second.  It should bring up a menu of "Rename" and be sure to include your group members' first names in the new file name.  (See image below)

Big Idea

Podcast = a digital audio recording that can be downloaded from a website to a media player or computer

You will be creating a podcast based on your book. 

Project Overview:

  1. Choose a topic
  2. Co-write a script in Google Classroom that addresses all points mentioned in the topic.  Be sure to label who will speak each part.
  3. Close your script with a book recommendation:  title of book, author, and who you recommend the book for (age, gender, interests)
  4. Practice!
  5. Record your podcast using GarageBand (directions below).

Topic options:

Radio Exchange

Your character calls into a radio show for advice. Choose which show your character would call in to and then create the conversation he or she would have with the radio advice giver.


Figure out how you would divide up the book into sections. Then select a piece of music that you think captures the feel or tone of each section. Record the pieces and do voice-overs or introductions explaining what is happening in the novel during the piece of music and why you felt this piece of music fit the section of the novel.

Talk show on issues in novel

Create and perform a talk show around one of the major issues or themes in the novel.  For example, if you were creating a talk show around Tuck Everlasting, the focus of the discussion might be on how to decide who to listen to when making big decisions about life.  Guest speakers could be a mom and dad, a pastor, a friend, a teacher and each would discuss who a young person should listen to and what to consider when making decisions.

Dream vacation

Where do you think your character would most like to go on a vacation? Pick a spot, describe it, and explain why he or she would want to go there (be sure to gather information from the Internet on the place). Then talk through  a day-by-day itinerary of what the character would do each day and why you think the character would enjoy this activity.

Talk to the author

Record a message to the author of the book explaining to him or her why you think he or she wrote the book and what he or she was trying to show through the book. Be sure to explain what you got out of the book.

New acquaintances

Select one character. Then think about three to five people, living or dead, that you would like your character to meet. Write about how you selected these new acquaintances and what you’d like the character to learn from the people you introduced him or her to. For instance, after reading Tuck Everlasting you might want Winnie to meet Anne Frank, who lived a short, but very impactful life.  You want Winnie to meet her to teach Winnie that you don’t have to live forever to be remembered and that sometimes even unhappy endings can be used to inspire many people.

A character alphabet

Choose a character you liked and then create sentences based on the alphabet that demonstrate your knowledge of the character. For example, if after reading Tuck Everlasting, you decided to write Jesse’s alphabet, you might start like this:

A is for the ASH tree that marks the spring from which Jesse and his family drank from.

B is for how Jesse BOLDLY pleads with Winnie to drink from the spring so he can spend his life with her.

C is for the CAT who didn’t drink from the spring, and eventually died, giving the clue that the spring was an eternal spring.

Make up a word test for the novel.

Think of fifteen words that are essential to the understanding of the book. Explain why you picked the words you did and how you would define them in terms of the story.

Make up your own topic and get teacher approval.