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English Teacher Bases Final Exam on ‘Serial’ Podcast – Teaching Now

The final exam Alexa Schlechter gave her 10th graders this year wasn’t written, per se. Instead, according to KQED’s Mindshift, she found inspiration from the popular podcast “Serial” to give her students an opportunity to show their knowledge in a new format. For months, Schlechter, who teaches English at Connecticut’s Norwalk High School, had immersed herself and her students in the world of “Serial,” a weekly audio program produced by This American Life about the real-life 1999 murder investigation of a Maryland teenager.