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Analyzing and Podcasting About Images of Oscar Wilde

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Analyzing and Podcasting About Images of Oscar Wilde

Grades 8 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 60-minute sessions and one 90-minute session
Lesson Author

Kathleen Slaugh-Sanford

Newark, Delaware


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Computers with Internet access and a microphone

  • Podcast software, such as Audacity

  • One computer with a projection screen for demonstration, or an overhead projector

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  1. Locate print or online advertisements of celebrities that students are familiar with. It is important to find one image of a celebrity posing for a publicity shot used to promote him/herself, such as one that would be used on the cover of a magazine, and one image of the celebrity promoting a commercial product within the photograph. Bookmark these pages to show students on an overhead projector or make an appropriate number of photocopies of these images to distribute to students.

  2. Review the Oscar Wilde—Standing Ovations, Encyclopedia Britannica: Oscar Wilde, and The Victorian Web: Oscar Wilde websites for biographical background information about Wilde’s lecture tour, his relationship with the aesthetic movement, and his artistic theories leading up to 1882. This information is important as you guide students through a discussion of Wilde’s life and career.

  3. Review Napoleon Sarony Photograph of Oscar Wilde #10, Oscar Wilde Aesthetic Cigar Ad, Caricature: Harper’s Weekly, Caricature: Oscar Wilde From Punch, Caricature: The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco, and Caricature: Eccles Centre for American Studies. Bookmark these websites or make the appropriate number of photocopies of the photographs.

  4. Prepare one photocopy per student of “A Pen Sketch of Oscar Wilde”, Podcast Assignment, and Podcast Rubric; and five photocopies per student of the Peer Review Sheet.

  5. If you do not have classroom computers with Internet access, reserve time in your school’s computer lab for Sessions 1, 2, and 4.

  6. Review other photographs of Oscar Wilde at UCLA Humanities: Photographs of Oscar Wilde by Napolean Sarony, National Portrait Gallery: Oscar Wilde, and Encyclopedia Britannica: Oscar Wilde. These photographs are similar to the Sarony photograph #10 in the characteristics of Wilde they convey.

  7. Review Apple.com: GarageBand ‘09 Tutorials and Wise-Women: Learning Podcasting. Bookmark these sites so that students can reference them while composing their podcasts.

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