Mrs. Neely – Journalism

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

Lesson Plans for October 8-12


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

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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

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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)

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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)

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