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Creating a podcast

Podcasting in English & Writing Intensive Courses at LaGuardia Community College

Bethany Holmstrom

on 9 November 2015

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Read effectively: take notes and use your double-entry notebook. Ask the following questions of each source.
Coming up with a thesis statement
Do not attempt to write a thesis statement until you have read several sources! You have to know the conversation going on before you can decide on your own perspective.
Revisiting & evaluating your sources
Is the source relevant?
Find a topic
Why is this topic important to you?
What kinds of sources can you use?
Topic & Questions
What current events or issues touch upon your life?
Has something happened to your family or friends that resonates?
What do you want to learn more about?
What matters to others?
To whom does this topic matter?
What people are affected by this topic?
...and then narrow your topic.
Using online searches, newspapers, and talking through your ideas, narrow your topic to a specific place, time, action, or group of people.
Compose, Design, Advocate
, 102.
Research questions
& finding sources
Compose, Design, Advocate
, 106 & 109.
Important sidebar:
As you do research, you will come up with even more questions. These questions will require further research as you refine your topic and begin coming up with your own argument. Don't worry - this is part of the research process!
Engage with your sources
The Design Plan
Statement of purpose

Ethos, pathos, & logos
Research Narrative & Talking Points

What is at stake? Why did the writer, speaker, or designer bothered? What motivated them to write the text?
How is the issue framed? What is left out?
How is this source in dialogue with other sources?
What other possible sources does this source suggest?
Does this source give you new questions?
Does this source ask you to change your mind?
What answers does this source provide, if any?
Your thesis may change during the writing process. Do not panic. This is normal.
Is the source on topic?
Does the source have a publication date appropriate to your research?
Does the source bring in perspectives other than those of the sources you've already collected?
Does the source provide something interesting?
Does the source bring in data or other information different than your other sources?
Does the source suggest other possible directions your research could take?
Is the kind of source credible to your audience?
Given your purposes and argument, what kinds of sources are likely to be most appealing and persuasive to your particular audience?
What sources will show your audience that you have worked hard and with integrity to address the range of possible perspectives one could take?
Source Credibility
Is a print source credible?
Who published the source? Do they seem to be trustworthy?
Does the author have sufficient qualifications for writing on the topic?
What evidence is presented? Is it a kind that fits the claims? What evidence would be stronger?
Does the evidence seem accurate?
Does the author's claims seem adequately supported by the offered evidence?
Does the source try to cover all the relevant facts and opinions?
What is the genre of the source?
Does the source make its position, perspective, and biases clear?
Does the source make a point of seeking different perspectives?
Does the writing seek to sound reasonable and thoughtful?
Is an online source credible?
Who published the source? What's the domain? (see page 128 in CDA)
Does the author have qualifications for writing on the topic?
What evidence is offered?
Does the source make its position, perspective, and biases clear?
What is the genre of the source?
How well designed is the website or page?
Conducting Interviews
Wysocki, Anne Frances, and Dennis A. Lynch.
Compose, Design, Advocate.
2nd ed. Boston: Pearson, 2013.
What is your topic?
What is your motivation for making this (why do you care)?
What is your thesis?
What do you hope your audience will do or think or feel after listening to your podcast?
What are the best and worst possible outcomes for your podcast?
What will you tell your listeners to hook their interest?
Why should your audience be interested in your topic?
To whom does this topic matter?
Who is affected by this topic?
Who is your audience? What prior knowledge about your topic do you expect them to have? How will you address this?
Pitching your Podcast
You will pitch your podcast to the class and get informal feedback. Your pitch should be your
statement of purpose
, with two additional things to keep in mind & address:

1.) Your thesis will be tentative, at that point. You will most likely need to revise and tweak your thesis (and the statement overall) based upon feedback, and your thesis might undergo further revisions based on your continued research.

2.) In your pitch, you should state where you are in your research process. How much more research do you need to do? What do you need to know or learn so that you can complete this project?
Compose, Design, Advocate
, 125.
Step 3
Step 4
Step 6
Step 5
Pitch your podcast & revise your statement of purpose and thesis
Record & edit your podcast
Share it with the world!
Choose & Narrow a Research Topic
Conduct research, engage with sources, & begin devising a thesis
A quick review
Step 1
Step 2
Create the Design Plan step-by-step (and then put it all together!)
The Statement of Purpose & Thesis
+ The Talking Points / Research Narrative and Bibliography
+ How you will engage your audience using Ethos, Pathos, & Logos
+ Your Interview Plan
Your Complete Design Plan!
Your research narrative is a first-person walk through the main pieces of evidence that support your claim. Consider what sources support your evidence, and how: summarize the source, and clearly link it to your overall thesis. Consider also how these sources "speak" to each other. This narrative can also provide you with talking points and a working script for parts of your podcast.
Ethos, or "what your audience sees in you" (
What kind of opening would help you build the relationship you want with your audience?
Here are some possible openings:
a brief story, humorous or riveting
a question that grabs your listeners
an unexpected statement or declaration
a quotation delivered with feeling
a greeting
Logos, or "the reason and structure in arguments" (60)
How will you arrange your podcast and construct connections with your audience? Review the "Constructing Connections" on page 202: which connection structure works for your purpose?
Pathos, or "how your audience feels about what you are doing" (59)
What is the overall emotion you wish your audience to feel when they finish our podcast? Here are some options for how you can purposefully end your podcast:
a funny anecdote or serious story capturing your main point
a suggestion for further research or a list of questions that are still to be answered
a description of consequences following from your argument
a summary of what you already said
a challenge to the audience
The Rubric
Write a paragraph detailing how you will fold ethos, logos, and pathos into your podcast. In this paragraph, you will:

Describe what kind of introduction you plan on using that establishes ethos
Decide which “Constructing Connections” strategy (
Compose, Design, Advocate
202-205) you want to use to connect your ideas, giving examples of how you will deploy this strategy
Explain how you will use pathos in your conclusion

Feel free to create the script for the ethos and pathos components as well in this section of your design plan, so that you have words you can turn around and use in your podcast.
For this part of the Design Plan, you will establish the details of the interview(s) you will conduct.

Who will you interview?
Why this particular person?
What do you hope to get out of the interview?
Are you looking for specific knowledge or someone else’s particular take on a situation?

Knowing your purpose will help you generate useful questions in turn. In a few sentences, establish who you will interview and the purpose behind the interview(s).

Then, draft a set of questions you will use for your interview(s) and that will help you achieve your purpose. If you are interviewing fellow students only, you will probably have a set of questions to ask each and every one of them alike. If you plan on interviewing a professional – a professor, or someone working in a particular field – they will require a very different list of questions.

This is not a conversation: this is an interview. As pointed out in
Compose, Design, Advocate
, you need “an opening question to set the tone of the interview, a set of questions to follow, and concluding questions. You also want to prepare follow-up questions” (234). You can use some of the suggested questions on page 235 of
if they are helpful.

Make sure all participants also sign the interview waiver provided on our class site.
Ethos, logos, & pathos in your Design Plan
Compose, Design, Advocate,

Compose, Design, Advocate
, 126-9.
Compose, Design, Advocate,
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