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- Students listen to and read stories about various personal financial topics from Sound Money or from the "Features" section of Marketplace. Archives of each show include audio files for all segments of the shows and some corresponding text files.
- While doing a research project or exploring a personal finance topic, students use Chris Farrell's list of recommended books and Web sites in the "Toolbox" section of the Sound Money site.
- After researching a personal finance topic, and reading/listening to a selection of Sound Money commentator Chris Farrell's weekly essays, students write, rehearse, and tape an advice-laden commentary piece which they then play for the rest of the class.
Tips and Techniques
- See the "Index of All Features" link for a complete list of Sound Money feature stories and commentaries.
- Go to the main MPR News site as a starting point for all the news program sites.
- When there are both audio and text versions of a report, provide students with a print copy to read and take notes on as they listen to the audio.
- Remember to have students cite sources for information or quotations they use in reports, multimedia documents, or other educational projects, including photos and audio clips. Students should include the following information in their citation: document title or description, date of publication or when they found it on the Web, an address (URL), and, if possible, the author, photographer, or artist.