Mrs. Neely – Journalism

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

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

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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