Mrs. Neely – Journalism

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

Lesson Plans for January 15-19

January17

Monday, January 15

  • School Holiday

Tuesday, January 16

  • SNOW DAY

Wednesday, January 17

  • SNOW DAY

Thursday, January 18

  • Sportswriting Game/Post Game stories
  • Look at examples of good stories
  • Analyze components of stories

Friday, January 19

  • Using prompt information, write a game story lead, transition, quote
  • Share examples in class/discussion

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 December 4-8

January4

Monday, December 4

  • Discuss Practice News Writing Prompt Assignment; revise and edit.
  • Resubmit second draft in Google Docs.
  • Make photo assignments to cover; story board assignments.

Tuesday, December 5

  • Discuss Practice Feature Writing Prompt Assignment; revise and edit.
  • Resubmit second draft in Google Docs.

Wednesday, December 6

Thursday, December 7

  • Students compete in WOHS Journalism Invitational Meet (all day)

Friday, December 8

  • Presented medals to students who place in Invitational Meet.
  • Discussed prompts and stories from the Invitational Meet.

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 December 11-15

January4

Monday, December 11

  • Make photo assignments for the online NP.
  • Work on stories for the online newspaper. Submit for revising/editing.

Tuesday, December 12

  • Career Fair – LeTourneau University for 8th graders
  • Work on stories for the online newspaper. Submit for revising/editing.

Wednesday, December 13

  • Work on stories for the online newspaper.
  • Submit for grading and revising/editing.

Thursday, December 14 – No School due to illness

Friday, December 15 – No School due to illness

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 January 4-5

January4

Thursday, December 4

  • Brainstorm story session for The Maroon & White – Assignments made tomorrow
  • Journal Assignment about Christmas Break

Friday, December 5

  • Sportswriting Introduction/Notes
  • Sportswriting Terms/Vocabulary
  • Sample Stories – Read and Discuss

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 November 27-December 1

November27

Monday, November 27

  • UIL News Story Prompt 45 minute time limit (start to finish)
  • STUDENTS HAVE A NUMBER ASSIGNED TO THEM THAT GOES IN THE TOP RIGHT HEADER OF THEIR PAPER. THEY WILL SHARE WITH ME IN GOOGLE DOC JUST PRIOR TO TIME EXPIRING.

Tuesday, November 28

  • UIL Headline Writing Prompt 45 minute time limit (start to finish)
  • STUDENTS HAVE A NUMBER ASSIGNED TO THEM THAT GOES IN THE TOP RIGHT HEADER OF THE PAPER. THE STUDENTS WILL TURN IN PAPERS PRIOR TO TIME EXPIRING. 

Wednesday, November 29

  • UIL Editorial Writing Prompt 45 minute time limit (start to finish)  
  • STUDENTS HAVE A NUMBER ASSIGNED TO THEM THAT GOES IN THE TOP RIGHT HEADER OF THE PAPER. THEY WILL SHARE WITH ME IN GOOGLE DOCS JUST PRIOR TO TIME EXPIRING.

Thursday, November 30

  • UIL Feature Writing Prompt 60 minute time limit (use 40 minutes today and use 20 minutes tomorrow to complete).
  • STUDENTS HAVE A NUMBER ASSIGNED TO THEM THAT GOES IN THE TOP RIGHT HEADER OF THE PAPER.
  • TELL THEM TO STOP AT 40 MIN. THEY WILL NOT SHARE WITH ME UNTIL THEY FINISH THE FINAL 20 MINUTES TOMORROW.

Friday, December 1

  • UIL Feature Writing Prompt – use 20 minute time limit to complete and submit.
  • STUDENTS HAVE A NUMBER ASSIGNED TO THEM THAT GOES IN THE TOP RIGHT HEADER OF THE PAPER. THEY WILL SHARE WITH ME IN GOOGLE DOCS JUST PRIOR TO YOU CALLING TIME.
  • Remainder of time will be spent researching, interviewing and writing stories and briefs for online paper.

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 November 13-17

November27

Monday, November 13

  • Students are working on news and feature stories for publication.

Tuesday, November 14

  • Students are working on news and feature stories for publication.
  • Submit for grading and posting to online newspaper.

Wednesday, November 15

  • Students are working on UIL Headline writing assignment.
  • Revise drafts for news and feature stories. Re-submit to publication.

Thursday, November 16

  • Assign news stories to cover after holiday break.
  • Review step-by-step format for news and headline writing.

Friday, November 17

  • Review step-by-step format for editorial and feature writing.
  • Make assignments for week of Nov. 27-Dec. 1
  • Students will be competing in a UIL type setting/competition.

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 November 6-10

November7

Monday, November 6

  • Read and discuss Editorial Writing notes
  • Practice the lead and staff stance for Editorial Writing #1

Tuesday, November 7

  • Outline your 3 main points for or against the issue or problem of the editorial.
  • Write three paragraphs outlining one point in each.
  • Assignments due for the online newspaper due tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 8

  • Review three main points for Editorial #1. Check facts and details.
  • What solution can you provide for this particular issue?
  • Write a paragraph outlining the solution.

Thursday, November 9

  • Finish the solution paragraph and write your stance one final time.
  • Review and make revisions.
  • Submit to me in Google Docs

Friday, November 10

  • Review graded editorial and make revisions as suggested.

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 30 – November 3

October27

Monday, October 30

  • Assign new stories; students will submit/make revisions to current stories.
  • Headline writing practice sheet
  • Discuss revisions to news stories/briefs

Tuesday, October 31

  • Review for test (Headline Writing/News Writing/Sports Writing
  • Discuss revisions to sports briefs.

Wednesday, November 1

  • Journalism Test (Headline Writing, News Story, Sports Brief

Thursday, November 2

  • Sportswriting – introduction to the good and the bad
  • Key terms and sportswriters’ cliches
  • Understanding Sports

Friday, November 3

  • Sports Coverage (Feature, Pre-Game, The Game Story, Post Game)
  • Components of a pre-game story (use inverted pyramid as a guide)

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 23-27

October20

Monday, October 23

  • UIL Headline Writing – review 6 headlines
  • Assign stories/photos/briefs for online newspaper

Tuesday, October 24

  • Headline writing activity – practice for online newspaper stories
  • Edit/revise stories/briefs for online newspaper

Wednesday, October 25

  • UIL News Story #3 – 45 minute timed assignment.
  • Write headline for News Story #3

Thursday, October 26

  • Revise News Story #3; make corrections and resubmit for grade.

Friday, October 27

  • Staff Day – work on stories, briefs, photo assignments for online newspaper.

We Believe in ALL Kids, ALL the Time

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

Lesson Plans for October 16-20

October20

Monday, October 16

  • Discuss and assign new stories, briefs, photo assignments
  • Review AP Style
  • Introduce Headline Writing

Tuesday, October 17

  • Headline Writing: rules, count, prompts
  • Demonstrate Headline Writing – upstyle/downstyle; spacing; review rules
  • UIL Headline Writing #1 – complete 6 headlines using counts, rules, upstyle/downstyle

Wednesday, October 18

  • complete UIL Headline Writing #1
  • Post stories for online newspaper

Thursday, October 19

  • UIL Headline Writing #2 – complete 6 headlines using counts, rules, upstyle/downstyle
  • Post stories for online newspaper
  • Review AP Style

Friday, October 20

  • Teacher Workday/No school for students

We Believe in ALL Kids, All of the Time

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

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