In the Classroom: Kid Podcasts of Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!

Last Friday’s Literary Salon featured my students reading selections from the monologues and dialogues of Laura Amy Schlitz’s Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! For a few weeks beforehand I’d read them one or two a day during our morning meeting. Each child selected one, practiced at home, and then read it on Friday. Not only that — I recorded their readings, turned them into audio files, and yesterday the kids put them on their individual blogs as podcasts. Of course, they are not as polished as those of the Park School fifth graders for whom the pieces were originally written, but my students had fun with them and performed them ably. Do have a look, a listen, and comment if you are so inclined. (They are very eager for comments!)

HUGO, the lord’s nephew

TAGGOT, the blacksmith’s daughter

ALICE, the shepherdess

THOMAS, the doctor’s son

MOGG, the villein’s daughter

OTHO, the miller’s son

SIMON, the knight’s son

EDGAR, the falconer’s son

ISOBEL, the lord’s daughter

BARBARY, the mudslinger

JACOB BEN SALOMON, the moneylender’s son and PETRONELLA, the merchant’s daughter

PASK, the runaway

PIERS, the glassblower’s apprentice

MARIOT and MAUD, the glassblower’s daughters

NELLY, the sniggler

Drogo, the tanner’s apprenticeĀ 

GILES, the beggar


Filed under In the Classroom, Newbery

8 responses to “In the Classroom: Kid Podcasts of Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!

  1. I listened with my six year old to Mariot and Maud — the one we like to read aloud with each other — she loved hearing it. Thank you for recording these!


  2. Carol E

    I’ve listened to several now, and will probably hear them all as I make time in the next few weeks. I wanted to go ahead and comment now–that this project of yours is a lot of fun for me. I read and reread and reread the book last year as part of my work on the 2008 Newbery Committee. I even read them aloud myself, but I haven’t yet heard someone else read them— and what a joy it is. Sometimes when I hear the words I begin to think about those people in the Middle Ages who are now so real to me, and I feel sad or happy or a bunch of other feelings, but mostly I’m glad I didn’t live then! Thanks again, Carol


  3. Heidi

    As a parent of one of the children who read the monologues in class and recorded it, thanks for your comments on the student blogs. My son was thrilled to see that someone had read (and listened to) it and commented (especially someone from the Newberry Committee)! Obviously his teacher is on this prestigious committee, but ANOTHER member leaving a comment was very exciting. He saw it and immediately pointed it out to me (with a big smile on his face). So thank you for reading them and taking the time to comment.


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  5. LJ

    I was able to listen to some of these and liked them very much. (My computer stopped loading them after awhile… my bad.)

    I’d like to go back in time and meet you all in the village. Your voices made this town real to me–bloody boars, falcon’s eyes, tumors, and all.


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