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Script Genres > English Children > Narration > Documentary

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    Jupiter's Lightning Bolts

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    Jupiter’s lightning bolts are stronger than anything we’ve witnessed on earth, and the resulting chemical reaction unleashes unimaginable riches -- the lightning transforms the elements into diamonds. As the diamonds are zapped into existence, they begin to descend through the atmosphere towards the core, racing to higher and higher pressures and temperatures. When they hit 14,400 degrees, they melt, creating a shower of liquid diamond raindrops.

    49 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

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    I appreciate your thoughts!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Your enunciation was crystal clear, good job! There was a tad too much emphasis on the word diamond, but the pace matched well with the projects educational elements. I heard mouth noise as well, which I deal with constantly. One tip that helped me was to eat a green apple before recording and drinking tons of water. Your doing great!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi, Steph! This was really good. The volume was slightly low, but otherwise, your diction was great. You kept my interest throughout your read. Keep it up!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Steph -
    I'm not sure where you wanted to go on this one. It's a very "Discovery Channel" sounding excerpt - but you read it like your audience is school children...a very valid approach; to make science more accessible to kids, for instance.

    Regardless of the audience, the pace is too slow to hold the listener's attention. That would be my only critique. If you read this faster, and kept the inflections, it will sound completely different.

    hope that's helpful,
    DS

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    National Geographic Kids, Really Wild Animals

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    Hey all you really wild animals out there. Have you ever wondered?…. What’s that alligator got to smile about? Where does a polar bear go, when it gets tired of all that snow? How does a beaver get ready for winter? And how could a squirrel go to battle with a rattle snake? Well the answers are all ahead, so come on, step right up, it’s National Geographic’s, Really Wild Animals.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Great voice, and inflections.
    The delivery was a bit broken up for me. For example the break ( and breath) between "polar bear go" and "when it gets" .

    There were a few words that seemed a bit to pronounced,, like "go to battle with a " , it was so crisp and clean,, that it brought the read out of the conversational , to I'm being read to.

    I think it would be better if you removed your breath all the way thru,, and right in front of "What’s that alligator " you have a bad edit with a doulbe breath.

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    Ocean Floor -- Discovery For Kids

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    Ocean Floor -- Discovery For Kids
    Sea slugs live on the ocean floor. They wear pink to say "stay away! We're dangerous!" Katydids are most active at night. They use long 'feelers' called antennae to find their way around in the dark.

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    Practice Recording:

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    Well I took the some advice and this take #2 for this practice script let me know what you think.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Excellent neutrality in accent although I still hear a bit of the Maryland area in his 'o's.

    Some of his words slurred together and the 's' s are a bit 'lispy' (I have the same challenge). The singer's trick would work well: add an 'a' after the word to provide a 'lift' before the next word (ex. "..wear (a) pink (a) to say (a), 'stay away'.." these lifts should be Very subtle) this will also help pacing I think.

    Copy Interpretation: Find your 'inner kid'! Accent the words that spark imagination, i.e., ocean not floor, night not katydids.

    Slow down and feel the excitement of the unique katydid activities. Become a kid and get the thrill of discovering something really cool and new. Very good change when quoting sea slugs. Thanks!

    Peer Feedback:

    It's very natural read Todd. I would make it a bit more upbeat and fun. Otherwise good job!

    Peer Feedback:

    Simple and to the point. Good job focusing on the topic and setting.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks guys, every little thing is a help, on the road to a demo!

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    ocean floor-discovery for kids

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    Ocean Floor -- Discovery For Kids
    Sea slugs live on the ocean floor. They wear pink to say "stay away! We're dangerous!" Katydids are most active at night. They use long 'feelers' called antennae to find their way around in the dark.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Todd Jones's recording

    This is a practice script given to me by my coach at edge. Just trying the form out for the first time.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hey, the one thing I'd say about this is that your voice almost sounds like you're trying TOO hard to patronize the kids. Sound excited, but don't scream into their ears. Also, some places had strange inflection, such as the Katydids sentence.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Todd --
    I actually think your slate would've been the perfect delivery style for this read. I agree with jmm that the read sounded too forced.
    you have a great natural voice and sound comfortable at the mic.
    nice.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey, Todd. Dfsaund nailed it...your audio slate was PERFECT. That would have been the way to deliver it. Strange, isn't it? How we sometimes nail something when we're not really trying!

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    I have a new mic, how does it sound? I'm trying Children's scripts. Lukky

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    Peer Feedback:

    Your read was very enthusiastic and I could even hear some humor in your delivery. The pace was a little bit slow but it probably wouldn't take much speeding up for it to work well.

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    Tiger Sharks

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    And here they come. 5 tiger sharks are lingering in the water around the cage. We’ve run out of bait, and they’re still hovering. This is going to get REALLY interesting. Now, they’re looking at me as a potential food source!

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    Practice Recording:

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    It's been a while since I posted something on here. Now that I'm seriously getting into training here, I'd like some feedback. I don't have the money right now to buy my own equipment so all I have right now is Garage Band, so I know the recording quality won't be that great; but please give it a listen. Feedback on performance is what I'm looking for right now. Thanks!

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    Peer Feedback:

    I can't hear anything...

    Peer Feedback:

    Your performance starts after 24 seconds of silence. Be sure you delete the silence so that it starts right away. Also, I'd suggest you choose your best take and upload just that one.

    Your third take, starting at 1:20, was my favorite. The emotion sounded pretty genuine. And, for some reason, I didn't care for how much emphasis you put on "Really" in the previous takes. (Nice job changing it up between takes too.)

    Peer Feedback:

    I didn't even realize that I uploaded three different takes. I'll have to edit this one and put a different one up. Thanks!

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    Animal Heroes

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    Not all heroes are human. Sometimes heroes bark, meow, or even grunt. They may be covered with fur, have curly tails, or live in an alley. We’re about to meet some real-life animal heroes.. Each one of these heroes has performed an amazing rescue. Sometimes they even put themselves in danger to help others. We’ll meet a dog who rescues stray cats. A brave cat who saved her five kittens from a fire. A pig who got help for her owner who was having a heart attack. And a guide dog who led his owner down 71 flights of stairs when the World Trade Center was attacked.

    Recordings:

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    Ghosts

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    The dead is meant to move smoothly from the land of the living to their proper place among the spirits. If this transition wrong, the spirit is stranded, neither one thing nor the other. Ghosts having the benefit of hindsight and experience may also give guidance to the living. The novelist, harles Dickens, had seen ghosts himself and they played central roles in his fiction. In one of Dickens’ most popular works, a Christmas Carol, ghosts teach Scrooge the error of his ways and change his wretched life before it is too late.

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    Koalas

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    The Koala is perhaps the best-loved of all Australia’s marsupial, or pouched, mammals. Extra thick fur, especially on the neck and shoulders, helps protect the Koala from even the worst weather (Koalas do not build nests). Opposable thumbs and toes allow for a tight grip when climbing. The Koala cools itself by licking its arm and stretching out as it rests in the trees (Koalas have no sweat glands). The Koala spends most of its time shuffling around the topmost branches of the Eucalyptus, or “gum” trees, hanging on tight with its four grasping feet. It sleeps during the day, curled up in a tree-fork and at night on the leaves and shoots of a few species of Eucalyptus. An adult will eat 500g of leaves a day. The name “koala” means “no drink” and rarely does so. It occasionally comes down to the ground, either to eat soil, which is thought to aid digestion, or to move to another tree.

    Koala is the only mammal which can survive on a diet of eucalyptus leaves. Koala seldom drinks water obtaining it from the eucalyptus leaves, which are 50% consisting of water. Although, they drink water if due to drought the leaves water content is reduced. Koalas have a slow metabolic rate due to their high-fiber, low nutrient diet. Because they store little or no fat, koalas must adopt strategies that conserve energy. Sleeping is one of them. Koalas sleep for up to 16 hours per day in order to conserve energy. Koalas spends 75% of its time sleeping. Eucalyptus foliage is very fibrous and low in nutrition, and to most animals are extremely poisonous. Koalas are not drugged out on gum leaves. Koalas digestive system is especially adapted to detoxify the poisonous chemicals in the leaves.

    Koalas breed once a year. Mating normally occurs from September to March. The baby Koala, “joey” is blind, hairless, less than one inch long and weighs less than 1 gram. It then crawls into its mothers pouch completely unaided, relying on its sense of smell, strong forelimbs and claws. If a female does not reproduce each year, the young koala stays with her longer and has a greater chance of survival.

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    Nature's Recyclers -- Discovery Kids

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    Did you know that mold and bacteria and higher level organisms like beetles, centipedes and, of course, earthworms are all busy recyclers? By breaking down organic matter -- stuff like dead plants, poop, and decaying animals -- they create valuable nutrients necessary for rich and fertile soil. Take it from me, a worm who knows, we are doing you a big favor.

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    Ocean Floor -- Discovery For Kids

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    Sea slugs live on the ocean floor. They wear pink to say "stay away! We're dangerous!" Katydids are most active at night. They use long 'feelers' called antennae to find their way around in the dark.

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    Prehistoric Planet -- Discovery Kids 2

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    Our prehistoric story includes more then just big dinos. That's right - there were some pretty cool looking mammals, just like you and me. These strange beasts roamed the earth alongside dinosaurs, but are often overlooked.

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    Sharks - Animal Planet For Kids

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    And here they come. 5 tiger sharks are lingering in the water around the cage. We’ve run out of bait, and they’re still hovering. This is going to get REALLY interesting. Now, they’re looking at me as a potential food source!

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    Sharks - Animal Planet For Kids

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    And here they come. 5 tiger sharks are lingering in the water around the cage. We’ve run out of bait, and they’re still hovering. This is going to get REALLY interesting. Now, they’re looking at me as a potential food source!

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    SKIN - DISCOVERY KIDS

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    What keeps all those gushy liquids and solids inside of you? Skin! It's the coating that keeps the insides in and the outside - like germs - out Skin is downright cool! For more information check DiscoveryKids.com

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    Skin -- Discovery Kids

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    What keeps all those wonderfully gushy liquids and solids inside of you? Skin! It's the coating that keeps the inside in and the outside -- like germs -- out. Skin is downright cool! For more information check Discovery Kids.com.

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    The Heart

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    The heart is a beating muscle that pumps blood and nutrients to the body’s cells, however it also needs these life sustaining nutrients to function. The heart receives blood via the coronary arteries. Coronary means crown and the coronary arteries crown or surround the hearts muscles.

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    Titanic

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    People all over the world were shocked to hear that the Titanic had sunk. Only 705 people out of 2,208 passengers and crew were saved.
    Why had the ship gone down? they asked.
    Why had so many died?
    Both the British and the Americans studied the tragedy. They said the Titanic had been going too fast. The captain should have been more careful because fo the ice, and he should have held lifeboat drills. They also said many third-class passengers were warned of danger after the other passengers.

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    Tyrannosaurus Rex – Discovery For Kids

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    Tyrannosaurus rex was 40 feet long, weighed in at 6 tons and stood 15 feet high. Enormous, powerful legs could have stepped over a car in a single stride. Four-foot jaws, raggedly studded with 7-inch teeth could crush bone and consume 500 pounds in a single bite. Clearly this was the ultimate predator — the undisputed master of its Cretaceous world.

    Or not. One of the world's top paleontologists says T. rex was not a hunter at all. The fiercest giant of dinosaur lore was but a well-designed scavenger that had much more in common with buzzards and hyenas than with lions and tigers.

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