Mrs. Neely – Journalism

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

Lesson Plans for October 29-November 2

November25

Monday, October 29

  • Work on story board assignments for The Maroon & White
  • Peer edit/share in google docs

Tuesday, October 30

  • Work on story board assignments
  • Make corrections and submit draft two for publishing

Wednesday, October 31

  • Revisit interviewing
  • Guidelines for interviewing
  • Formulating good questions

Thursday, November 1

  • Brainstorm story ideas for Thanksgiving season
  • Make story assignments
  • Create surveys/interview questions

Friday, November 2

  • Choice Board: Choose from news story or editorial
  • Share in google doc for grade

Lesson Plans for November 26-30

November24

Monday, November 26

  • Introduce Headline writing
  • Format/guidelines
  • Basic types of headlines
  • Sample headlines

Tuesday, November 27

  • Study UIL Headline Prompt
  • Character count/spaces
  • Primary/Secondary  or multi-line primary

Wednesday, November 28

  • UIL Headline writing prompt – write first 3 headlines
  • Discuss story details and consider headlines

Thursday, November 29

  • UIL Headline writing prompt – write last 3 headlines
  • Discuss story details and consider headlines

Friday, November 30

  • Feature Writing format
  • What makes a good feature story
  • Writing the feature lead

Lesson Plans for November 12-16

November24

Monday, November 12

  • Work on stories listed on Story Board
  • UIL Editorial Team work on UIL prompt

Tuesday, November 13

  • Choice Board – Feature Story or News Story
  • UIL Editorial Team work on prompt

Wednesday, November 14

  • Students work on story board assignments; peer editing/revisions
  • Finish newspaper stories for publishing

Thursday, November 15

  • Finish up feature stories/news stories
  • Share in google docs

Friday, November 16

  • Work on December story board assignments
  • Brainstorm new story ideas

Lesson Plans for November 5-9

November5

Monday, November 5

  • Sponge Activity – AP Style #2
  • Review Story Board Assignments and work through topics, research, photos, due dates
  • Assign photographers for girls basketball, football and pep rally

Tuesday, November 6

  • Writing Activity – CHOICE BOARD –  News or Editorial

Wednesday, November 7

  • Review CHOICE BOARD Assignment and peer review
  • Submit in google docs

Thursday, November 8

  • Writing Activity – CHOICE BOARD – News or Sports

Friday, November 9

  • Review CHOICE BOARD Assignment and peer review
  • Submit in google docs

TEKS 110.62.02, 110.62.03

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Lesson Plans for October 15-19

October15

Monday, October 15

  • Grade/review AP Style Worksheet
  • Review for AP Test
  • Make photo assignments for volleyball/football
  • Post stories to The Maroon & White 

Tuesday, October 16

  • AP Test
  • Introduce Editorial Writing
  • Discuss the main parts/format of an editorial
  • Work through an example of an editorial
  • Review Story Board of assignments/due dates
  • Post stories to The Maroon & White

Wednesday, October 17

  • Review main parts/format of an editorial
  • Whole Group: Practice writing the lead for Editorial #1
  • Discuss and outline 3 main points for or against the issue or problem of the editorial.

Thursday, October 18

  • Continue outlining the three main points for or against the issue/problem
  • Write paragraph one using point one and move to paragraph point two and three.
  • Review three main points for Editorial #1. Check facts and details.
  • What solution can you provide for this particular issue?

Friday, October 19

  • Teacher Work Day

TEKS: 110.62(1)(B)(C) 110.62(2)(G) 110.62(2)(E)(I) 110.62(2)(L)

We Believe in ALL Kids, ALL of the Time

Lesson Plans for October 8-12

October7

Monday, October 8

  • Interviewing, part 2
  • Work with partner to develop questions for four scenarios
  • Discuss scenarios and ask students to make a general list of questions
  • Photo assignments for volleyball games tonight
  • Post stories in The Maroon & White

Tuesday, October 9

  • Review stories in The Maroon & White
  • Assign next stories on Story Board and due date

Wednesday, October 10

  • Introduce AP Style
  • General guidelines/rules of AP Style for months, dates, year, numbers
  • Practice assignment

Thursday, October 11

  • AP Style lesson for titles, states, proper nouns
  • Practice assignment
  • Work on stories for The Maroon & White

Friday, October 12

  • AP Style Quiz
  • Introduce Editorial Writing: notes in Journal

We Believe in ALL Kids, ALL the Time

Lesson Plans for October 1-5

October7

Monday, October 1

  • Write sample draft of Sports and News briefs for online newspaper.
  • Review staff photo, sports, and campus life assignments.

Tuesday, October 2

  • Review formula and process for writing for news briefs/sports briefs.
  • Work on news stories for online newspaper
  • Select photos for online site.

Wednesday, October 3

  • Set author name and avatar on newspaper website; adding NP stories to personal blogs (Mr. Floyd)
  • Edit sample news stories with peer review
  • Resubmit through google docs

Thursday, October 4

  • Revisit interviewing and developing questions for stories
  • Complete stories for online newspaper  and submit for grade.

Friday, October 5

  • Discuss assignments for the remainder of October for online newspaper
  • Write 7th grade sports story

110.62.02 (G) 110.62.02 (E)(I)

We Believe in ALL Kids, ALL of the Time

Lesson Plans for September 24-28

September24

Monday, September 24

  • Students work on story assignments for The Maroon & White
  • Follow Journalism story rubric with point assignments
  • Basic Interviewing questions
  • Quotes
  • Need one horizontal for Feature Image and one vertical/horizontal for story
  • Assign photographers for games/pep rallies
  • Assign student to cover stats for VB

Tuesday, September 25

  • Using game stats, write VB sports briefs
  • Complete story assignments for The Maroon & White

Wednesday, September 26

  • Introduce Editorial Writing
  • Basics of writing an editorial
  • Look at format and requirements

Thursday, September 27

  • Guest speaker: Suzanne Bardwell – Gladewater Mirror/Former Journalism Teacher
  • Reminders of FB and Pep Rally photographers

Friday, September 28

  • Write News Story #2 – timed writing
  • Share google doc with Mrs. Neely for grade

We Believe in ALL Students, ALL the Time

 

Lesson Plans for September 10-14

September12

Monday, September 10

  • Complete Sports advance story using story prompt/new information
  • Complete and share with teacher in googledocs
  • Activity-look at photos taken by staff photographers at last week’s volleyball game and pep rally/analyze and evaluate

Tuesday, September 11

  • Review Inverted Pyramid
  • Introduce AP/Summary Lead
  • Define and explain using the 5W’s and H
  • Read and discuss four lead examples
  • Find integral info from News prompt to write lead

Wednesday, September 12

  • Use the News Prompt #1 information and students will write their first news lead
  • Introduce the story formula of: lead, transition, quote, transition, quote, transition, quote, conclusion
  • Students will add their first transition of new information and the first quote to support the transition

Thursday, September 13

  • Add to news story with the next set of transitions/quotes to complete story.
  • Remind students to check story for a smooth flow of information–does story move from one point to another?
  • Review for What is News? and AP Summary Lead Quiz

Friday, September 14

  • News Quiz
  • Practice: write the results of volleyball, and football stories for the week. Use the inverted pyramid and AP Summary Lead

TEKS 110.62.01, 110.62.02

ALL Kids, ALL the Time

 

Lesson Plans for September 3-7

September12

Monday, September 3

  • Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday

  • What is News? How is news defined and who is the gatekeeper?
  • List and define the elements of news that make a story newsworthy: timeliness, proximity, prominence, conflict, impact, human interest
  • Give examples and discuss in table groups

Wednesday

  • Fact/Opinion – what is it and what are the differences (review
  • Discuss 14 examples of fact/opinion that could be used in a story
  • Review and take grade
  • Organize notes/handouts in journal/table of contents

Thursday

  • Introduce Inverted Pyramid and begin discussion on developing stories
  • Introduce sports writing and sports stories
  • Break down parts of the lead/intro
  • Include the facts/new information

Friday

  • Use Sports prompt information to write a short story or advance game story.
  • Collaborate in table groups and each student write the story individually.

TEKS: 110.62.01, 110.62.02 (A)

ALL Kids, ALL the Time

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