The plans for Episode 2 are all finished, and I can't wait to put them into action! I might have done a little bit too much front-loading (there are seven exercises, a game, and a quiz), but it should make for an trouble-free, totally fun January. I'm proud to say that 19 of the 26 anchor standards are addressed in this unit alone, and I'm pretty confident this season of Serial will be as interesting as the first season (if not more).
I've already done some of the pre-writing exercises with my Criminal Justice class, and they were giddy to hear the story of Bowe Bergdahl. Of course, I can't use a majority of my lessons with this class (since they're designed for ELA), but some are pretty applicable, and it just feels great to have timestamps for all the crucial quotes, a few naughty words, and the challenging vocabulary.
As usual, the 47 pages of resources (and 30 hours of work) is available to the public at our TpT store, where you can also find the first episode and the third episode (soon!). And, of course, you can also find the 300-something pages of lesson plans and resources on the first season of Serial.
And as always, feel free to ask questions and give feedback to what you think of the podcast, and how it's working in the classroom!