Mrs. Neely – Journalism

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

Lesson Plans for September 24-28


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

  • Powerpoint on Editorial
  • Summarize a LNJ Editorial — highlight lead, call to action, 3 main points, conclusion

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Lesson Plans for September 10-14


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


Monday, September 3

  • Labor Day Holiday


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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

Lesson Plans for August 27-31


Monday, August 27

  • Work on historical journalism figures
  • Submit for grade
  • Update Journal

Tuesday, August 28

  • Introduce Photography
  • Six things to know
  • Define C.E.L.L.
  • Composition and exposure

Wednesday, August 29

  • Aperture/Shutter Speed
  • ISO
  • types of lens
  • Light

Thursday, August 30

  • Light
  • Components of photography
  • Photography editor and staff
  • Review Notes

Friday, August 31

  • Divide into table groups: work through turning camera on/off; moving setting for sports or portrait
  • Give each student photo disk/label with name
  • Each person in the group takes: 1 portrait, 1 scenery, 1 class/office
  • Turn in disk for grade


TEKS: 110.62.03 (A)

We Believe in ALL Kids, ALL the Time

Lesson Plans for August 20-24


Monday, August 20

  • Set up Interactive Notebooks
  • Sign up for Remind
  • Review final part of procedures/processes.
  • Discuss Speed Friending Interviews–what did you find out about the person you interviewed?
  • Transition into the History of American Journalism – how did the newspaper industry get started?
  • Assign vocabulary – write in notebook
  • Slides 1-5

Tuesday, August 21

  • History of American Journalism – slides 7-13
  • Establishment of Freedom of the Press
  • Zenger Trial
  • Penny Press

Wednesday, August 22

  • The Effects of the Telegraph, slides 18
  • Yellow Journalism – definition; derived from; notable Yellow Journalists, slides 19-22
  • Student presentations: William Randolph Hearst, Joseph Pulitzer, Nelly Bly, Spanish-American War
  • Homework assignment

Thursday, August 23

  • Muckraking and newspapers developing a significant social consciousness – explain and elaborate
  • News medium of magazines in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  • Discuss famous journalists during this period/make a list for student selection

Friday, August 24

  • Quiz on History of Journalism
  • Work on Famous Journalist project
  • Complete assignment in Google Classroom/Test grade


TEKS: 110.62(1)(B)(C); 110.62(2)(K); 110.62(2)(L) 110.62(4)

We Believe in ALL Kids, ALL the Time


Lesson Plans for August 16-17


Thursday, August 16

  • Review expectations and policies for Journalism
  • Complete Journalism Questionnaire/Note Cards with information
  • Interview Activity: Speed Friending Style; discuss information students compile during the activity.
  • Set up Interactive Notebooks, Supply Box, Google Classroom
  • Assign Extra Activity for Homework

Friday, August 17

  • Review expectations and policies for Journalism
  • Discuss how interviewing provides important supporting content for news stories?
  • 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
  • Create a list of examples that identify each news element.

TEKS: 110.62.03 (A)

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Welcome to White Oak Middle School Journalism


Hello Students and Parents!

Welcome to Journalism. We have so much to do this year–learning to write stories and captions, take photographs, designing ads and yearbook/newspaper pages, and studying the history of journalism.

The best part is your work will be published in The Maroon & White online newspaper. The newspaper is updated weekly and will showcase White Oak Middle School students. You may subscribe to the online paper at:

Also join Remind so students will receive important messages and reminders from me.

If you have an account go to:; click to join class and enter the class code: @df8f72 to join.

If you do not have an account then create one; select parent or student; Remind will text you a code based on the cell phone number you enter. Enter that code and then enter the class code: @df8f72 to join.

Finally, if you’re reading this I hoped you’ve signed up for my blog at:

You can contact me at: [email protected] or 903.291.2209

I am looking forward to a great year!

Mitzi Neely

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