Prepare: Brainstorm and Source Research- World 1

Learning goals:

  1. Identify possible podcast subjects based on brainstorm
  2. Identify three (one primary, two secondary) credible sources upon which to base your podcast.


A podcast is a newscast, broadcast digitally. If you’ve ever heard “It’s 3 p.m. the news is next” you’ve heard a newscast. I use the terms newscast and podcast interchangeably. You are going to write short (less than 3 minute) podcast, about a historical subject from between 2,000 B.C.E and 1400 C.E.

Brainstorm 1

Answer the following questions:

  1. What country or region do you find most interesting?
  2. What pre-1400 CE food do you find interesting?
  3. What pre-1400 CE person have you found interesting?
  4. What pre-1400 fresh water topic have your found interesting?
  5. If you had to live in the pre-1400 CE world, what job outside the elite (no princesses/princes) would you want and why?
  6. What question have you asked in your Reflections that might make a good podcast?


Using Normandale library databases or other credible institutions, such as museums, find three possible sources for a podcast topic. Using Zot Bib, generate a bibliography for your three sources.

What is due

Post the answers to your Brainstorm 1 questions and your Research bibliography in your Assignment file.

Grading criteria

Students receive one point for each Brainstorm question answered and each source provided, up to three sources for a total of 10 points [Question 5 has two questions.]