Mrs. Neely – Journalism

It's all storytelling. That's what journalism is all about.

Lesson Plans for September 14-18


Monday, September 14

  • AP Style Slideshow
  • AP Style Practice

Tuesday, September 15

  • AP Style Practice
  • Create your own AP Style reference sheet with top 10 rules

Wednesday, September 16

  • AP Style Slideshow
  • Finish AP Style reference sheet with top 10 rules

Thursday, September 17

  • Make up work due
  • Update Journal Table of Contents and add pages to journal

Friday, September 18

  • Review game photos from Thursday night game
  • Assign football stories for the WO Independent
  • Assign photographers for Monday night volleyball game
  • Turn in make up work

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Lesson Plans for September 21-25


Monday, September 21

  • Introduce News Writing format
  • Read through first UIL prompt and construct the lead, transition 1, and quote 1
  • Create a google doc of the story

Tuesday, September 22

  • Review News Writing format L-Q-T-Q-T-Q
  • Construct transition 2/quote 2 and transition 3/quote 3
  • Add to story in google doc

Wednesday, September 23

  • Warm Up Activity – AP Style #5
  • Review story components to this point
  • Construct remaining transition/quote for a complete story
  • Proofread and make edits; submit through google docs

Thursday, September 24

  • Read through News Story #2 prompt
  • Pick out the 5W’s and H for lead and transition #1
  • As a class construct the lead, transition 1, and quote 1
  • Create a google doc for the story

Friday, September 25

  • Review News Story #2
  • Construct transition/quote 2 and transition/quote 3
  • Journal Grade

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Lessons Plans for August 24-28


Monday, August 24

  • Complete the Famous Journalism assignments and turn in. Assignment counts as a test grade.
  • Work through Edgenuity and check assignments related to History of Journalism.

Tuesday, August 25

  • Introduction to Sportswriting: lead, transitions, quotes (notes)

Wednesday, August 26

  • Continue sportswriting format using statistics and team background
  • Learn the importance of interviewing and how to get the quotes you need.

Thursday, August 27

  • Bad Weather Day

Friday, August 28

  • Write a sample sports brief using detailed information and stats from football and volleyball games.
  • Discuss briefs and make edits/corrections to produce final draft for publication


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Lesson Plans August 17-21


Monday – August 17, 2020

  • Continue with notes on the History of American Journalism
  • Identify key publishers and events
  • Zenger Trial

Tuesday – August 18, 2020

  • Google Classroom Bell Ringer: Zenger Trial
  • Freedom of the Press and The Penny Press
  • Famous Journalists/Reporters

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

  • Effects of the Telegraph
  • Yellow Journalism/Journalists/Hearst & Pulitzer
  • Muckraking and newspapers developing a significant social consciousness – explain and elaborate on the News medium of magazines in the late 19th and early 20th centuries)
  • Native American Newspapers

Thursday, August 20, 2020

  • Review for Journalism Test on Friday
  • Edgenuity Lessons
  • Assign Students a Famous American Journalist to research and create a one sheet

Friday, August 21, 2020

  • History of American Journalism Test
  • Work on Famous American Journalist one sheet

TEKS 110.62.01, 110.62.02

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Lesson Plans for August 10-14, 2020


Monday – August 10, 2020

  • Introduction and Coursework
  • Procedures/guidelines/grading policy
  • Set up Journal/Table of Contents

Tuesday – August 11, 2020

  • Complete and turn in Journalism Questionnaire
  • Open google docs and give instructions on proper heading for story format
  • Write a one page paper: Every Summer Has a Story (due Wednesday)

Wednesday – August 12, 2020

  • Check email/make assignment/student feedback quiz on email assignment
  • Google Classroom set up; give students code to join
  • Remind 101 code to join
  • Show students the Maroon & White online newspaper

Thursday – August 13, 2020

  • Check email for assignments and instructions
  • Return Summer story in Google docs
  • Remind 101 Code

Friday – August 14, 2020

  • Introduce History of American Journalism
  • Important terms/early newspapers
  • Establishment of Freedom of the Press
  • Introduction to the Zenger Trial


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