Mrs. Neely – Journalism

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

Lesson Plans April 9-13

April12

Monday, April 9

  • Students are working on Storyboard projects.

Tuesday, April 10

  • NO CLASS – STAAR TESTS

Wednesday, April 11

  • NO CLASS – STAAR TESTS

Thursday, April 12

  • Students work on Storyboard projects and Girls/Boys MS Track Yearbook pages

Friday, April 13

  • Informational Meeting with HS Yearbook/Newspaper Adviser about HS Journalism Opportunities
  • Students work on Storyboard projects and Track pages – see deadline chart

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

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Lesson Plans for January 29-February 2

February5

Monday, January 29

  • Work on sports pages for yearbook pages
  • Collaborate in groups on layout/design and photos

Tuesday, January 30

  • Review caption writing and quotes for storytelling
  • Introduce yearbook design and vocabulary

Wednesday, January 31

  • Yearbook design and layouts – templates
  • Work in collaborative groups to choose photos and divide into mod packages

Thursday, February 1

  • Work in collaborative groups on football, volleyball and cross country

Friday, February 2

  • Finalize mod packages and photos; write detailed headlines/subheads

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

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Lesson Plans for January 22-26

January21

Monday, January 22

  • Using prompt info and stats, write a game story. Submit for grade in google docs.
  • Assign reading about post game stories. Submit two ideas for post game stories.

Tuesday, January 23

  • Discuss game stories and read strong leads and transition info.
  • Analyze a post-game story and outline strong points of story.
  • Collaborate in groups to evaluate story.

Wednesday, January 24

  • Caption Writing – introduce format and important parts needed for strong captions.
  • Look at examples of good and bad captions.

Thursday, January 25

  • Using the information sets provided, practice writing basic captions that correlate to photo examples.

Friday, January 26

  • Students will work in collaborative groups for organizing middle school yearbook pages, photos, and gathering quotes for captions.

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

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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 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

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

Lessons Plans for September 18-22

September19

Monday, September 18

  • Complete News Story #1 – add final two transitions and quotes. If needed, finish for homework and submit in Google docs.
  • Review beats/assignments for news stories.
  • Make photo assignments for online newspaper.

Tuesday, September 19

  • Review editing and proofreading symbols–add to interactive notebook.
  • Rewrite second draft of News Story #1, finish as homework if needed, submit in Google docs.
  • Optional Homework: write paragraph on why you want to be selected to interview new teachers.

Wednesday, September 20

  • Determine nameplate and header links for online newspaper.
  • Assign content to online newspaper.

Thursday, September 21

  • Rewrite third and final draft of News Story #1 if needed, submit in Google docs.
  • Learn to write news briefs and sports briefs for online newspaper.

Friday, September 22

  • Continue writing news briefs and sports briefs for online newspaper.

110.62.02 (G) 110.62.02 (E)(I)

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Lesson Plans for September 4-8

September5

Monday, September 4

  • School Holiday

Tuesday, September 5

  • Discuss the guest interview and talk through the interview process
  • Review for Interviewing Quiz
  • Introduce: Writing the Story Lead
  • Inverted Pyramid

Wednesday, September 6

  • Interviewing Quiz
  • Introduce the AP/Summary Lead
  • Let’s Talk About News Leads/ News Writing: The Lead
  • Practice writing a News Lead

Thursday, September 7

  • Continue practice writing news leads (5 W’s Lead Practice Packet)
  • Leads with Problems
  • News Writing Prompt – Write the lead
  • Bonus: Students will submit suggestions for naming the online paper

Friday, September 8

  • Finish News Writing Prompt and work through editing process

TEKS 110.62.02 (G) (A) (D)

Lesson Plans for August 28-September 1

August25

Monday, August 28

  • Complete ‘Fact Finding’ Assignment and share results with classmates.
  • Discuss why good reporting is about 80% interviewing
  • Interviewing: Before and During the Interview

Tuesday, August 29

  • Interviewing: After the Interview
  • Learn the guidelines for using quotes
  • 21 Interview Questions

Wednesday, August 30

  • Interview Practice ( 4 scenarios)
  • Develop questions for practice sets
  • Discuss and explore additional questions

Thursday, August 31

  • Review questions for interviewee
  • Live Interview with Guest (25 min)

Friday, September 1

  • Select the top five quotes from the guest interview
  • Check the 5 W’s and H–does the interview responses answer these?
  • Interviewing Test Review

TEKS: 110.62.03 (A)(C)(D)(G)

‘We Believe in ALL Kids, ALL of the Time’

 

Lesson Plans for August 21-25

August20

Monday, August 21

  • Continue with notes/discussion on ‘What is News?’
  • Students will look at how news is defined and who the gatekeeper is?
  • List and define the elements of news that make a story newsworthy: timeliness, proximity, prominence, conflict, impact, human interest

Tuesday, August 22

  • Review the elements of news.
  • Find examples of news stories that identify each news element.
  • Students will assess the impact their new story examples have on their community.
  • Discuss fact/opinion and why news stories must be free of opinion.

Wednesday, August 23

  • Students will distinguish between a list of facts and opinions and provide justification for their decisions.
  • Evaluate several of the news stories from the previous assignment and underline/highlight all the opinionated words.
  • Are there proper attributed quotes for the opinions? How can opinions misrepresent the intent of a story?

Thursday, August 24

  • Quiz #1 Elements of News & Fact/Opinion
  • Fact-Finding Scavenger Hunt (students work in pairs/teams)

Friday, August 25

  • Fact-Finding Scavenger Hunt (complete assignment)

 

TEKS: 110.62.02(G)

Lesson Plans for August 17-18

August14

Thursday, August 17

  • Interview Activity: Speed Friending Style; discuss information students compile during the activity.
  • Set up Interactive Notebooks, Supply Box, Google Classroom
  • Review expectations and policies for Journalism I
  • Complete Journalism Questionnaire
  • Journalism goals for semester 1

Friday, August 18

  • 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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