Exploring the most excellent tool that is SoundCloud while on another ds106 assignment, my wife became excited about the “over dramatic reading” activity. I had checked out a rather cute children’s book titled Kittens! Kittens! Kittens! last week, and she had just finished reading it to our toddler, we thought it would be humorous if she read it with a serious and commanding tone. Turns out, it was a rather interesting experience, and helps prove that often it’s not the story that matters, but it’s the delivery that makes or breaks a story.
It would be interesting to use SoundCloud to have students record their own reading using a tone that is discordant with the original intent of the author. It would certainly be a great way to demonstrate how important voice, tone, and mood are to a story, and give your students a chance to express themselves through performance.
If you enjoy her reading, please feel free to leave a comment for my wife…she had to record the book twice because I forgot to unmute the microphone on the first read through 🙁