ASSIGNMENT - Dramatic Story or Poem

TASK: Take a story or poem that you have written and turn it into a dramatic podcast.

  1. Write a story or a poem. If you have a story or poem you have already written you can use that too.
  2. Record your story. Remember to read DRAMATICALLY. If your story has other characters, change your voice when they speak. For an example of this, listen to some of the audio books that are available in the library. Pay attention to how fast the narrator reads and listen to how they change their voice for the different characters.
  3. Edit your story. Cut out long silent spaces and places where you stumbled over words.
  4. Add sound effects and music to your story. Look at the ADDING SOUND EFFECTS AND MUSIC videos to learn how to import audio into your podcast. If you have trouble importing, you should also look at the WORDS ABOUT FILE FORMATS video.
  5. Do a final edit. Adjust audio levels so both your voice, music, and sound effects are are mixed well. Don't let your music or effects be louder than your voice. Be sure to save it as an Audacity file so you can go back and make changes if necessary.
  6. Export your podcast as an MP3 file

Finding Sound Effects:

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  2. 55 Great Web Sites To Download Free Sound Effects (
  3. Record your own. It's fun to create your own sound effects using things you have around the house, or just your own mouth (Be sure to use a spit guard for your microphone.) Use Audacity to record your sound then play with the effects to modify it. Need some ideas on what to use to create your own sound effects? Check out this web site ( Then play around on your own. It's fun!
Finding Music:
  1. Royalty Free Music -
  2. Record Your Own. Do you know how to play an instrument? Do you have one of those electronic keyboards that are just loaded with sounds and music samples? Why not create and record your own music and record with with Audacity? Or, if you know someone with a Mac you can use Garageband to create your own podcast soundtrack and save it as an mp3 file that you can import into Audacity.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Even if music is royalty free (which means you don't have to pay to use it) often you are still required to give credit for using something that was created by someone else.
If you ever listen to podcasts, you'll sometimes hear the host read off a list of credits at the end of the podcast - like credits at the end of a movie. Here you can include credit for yourself & any friends who helped you, and you can also give credit to the person or group that created the music you used.

VIDEO: Adding Sound Effects & Music - Part 1

VIDEO: Adding Sound Effects & Music - Part 2

VIDEO: Words About File Formats