J1 – Week 2

Observation Activity

Monday

We started the hour by finishing and presenting your Focus on Reporting posters. The rest of the class took notes as you presented. We will have a short quiz on these concepts tomorrow.


Next, we went over your upcoming deadlines for your first story.

  • Background Research: Due Wednesday
  • Five interviews and observations: Due next Wednesday, September 19
  • Rough Draft: Due next Friday, September 21
  • Final Draft: Due Friday, September 28

We took some time to start your background research process.

Your background research is due on Wednesday.


Finally, after all of this as done, you did an activity either involving Legos or a visit to the courtyard. We’ll see how the weather looks.

If we still had time after that, we ended by starting to go through the Hoofprint Writer’s Guide.


Due Wednesday: Background Research:

Find out enough basic information about your topic to be able to write thoughtful, open-ended questions and know who to contact for interviews.

Tuesday

REMINDER: Your background information and research for your first deadline story is tomorrow. Don’t forget!

We started the day with a short quiz and reflection on Focus on Reporting. If you missed today, you need to respond to these questions:

1. Describe how all six elements of reporting work together when done correctly.

2. How would you define the job of a reporter?

3. What are three things that you need to keep in mind as you begin the reporting process?

After that, we talked a little bit more about your expectations for research and what you should bring to class tomorrow. You will not have homework beyond your research tonight. Please make sure you give it an honest effort.

You had some class time at this point to do some research.

After the class time, we continued Journalism Writing Style instruction. We almost completed it today.

Wednesday

Your background research is due today.

We took time and wrote 10 or more interview questions at the start of class.

The next big due date is to get five quality interviews done by Wednesday, September 19.

We finished our Journalism Writer’s Guide today.

Finally, we read a chapter called “Find an Angle” that should help you think about your story and finding the most interesting thing to write about.

Thursday

At the start of class today, you worked with a partner to illustrate a Journalism Style rule from the packet we concluded yesterday. You presented to the class at about the halfway point of class.

After that, we did a brief review of the style manual and filled in any gaps that you may have had in your notes.

Finally, we did a great activity that illustrated the job of a reporter.

Tomorrow: Style and Rules Quiz #1!

Friday

Here’s the quiz. Shhh…. don’t tell anyone. Journalism Style and Rules Quiz 1 – 2010

We started the block with the quiz.

After that, we took some time to check out the forum as a class.

Then we watched a video or two and talked for a bit about awareness and observations.

After that, we had work time. You guys should all have a great weekend!

Journalism 1 – Week 1

Tuesday

Welcome to Journalism!

This can be a demanding, difficult class, but I really believe it will be the most fun you’ll have with a class all year. I promise you that I haven’t been this excited to teach a class in a very, very long time. Thank you for being a part of something great.

Don’t forget your 10 interview questions and your message board registration for tomorrow.

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Handouts from Day One.

Journalism Syllabus.

Staff Contract.

Writer Information Sheet.

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Notes from Day 1

Interview Notes – We looked at Background Research and Personal Interviews today.

Stuff to do this week:

1. Bring in your signed Staff Contract.

2. Sign up for an account on the Message Board. Do not use your full name in your account. Customize your profile and then get posting! You’ll need to make 50 posts on the forum each term. That’s about one per day. About 30 will be taken care of with regular assignments, but the other 20 are up to you to make.

3. Bring your class materials – a notebook, (you’re going to want a large, empty one), a folder.

Wednesday

Welcome back to journalism!

Due today:

  • 10 interview questions.

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After viewing some important reminders about how to do interviews, you had time to complete an interview with your partner today.

We will spend about 30 minutes of class doing interviews. You will get about 15 minutes to interview your partner using the interview questions you prepared for homework. Be sure to ask follow up questions to get full stories and to take plenty of good notes. You should leave your interviews with about 5 paragraph-long quotes. More is always better.

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After you interview, take time to fully write out your longest quotes. They should be written word-for-word as your partner said them. You can type or handwrite these quotes.

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Due Tomorrow:
A 300-400 word story about your partner. The majority of your grade is made up of how well you present your angle and how good your quotes are. You will be expected to write in Lead-Transition-Quote style, but that will not be a large factor in your grade. Make sure you focus on the correct aspects of this assignment.

Your story will be written in Lead-Transition-Quote format. Here are the notes we took on Lead Transition Quote Format.

This assignment can be handwritten or typed, but it is due at the start of the hour tomorrow.

If you want help with writing in Lead-Transition-Quote format, check out this guide. If you want, you can write your story right on the guide sheet!

If you missed the notes today, want to read the sample story, or if you need clarification, download the Lead Transition Quote Overheads or The Smart Board presentation on Lead Transition Quote Format (both include asample story).

If you get stuck, check out this Sample 1st day assignment from last semester.

For a full project description, download this, or just read on.

Due Tomorrow:

Write a 300-350 word story about the person you interviewed. The two things you are bing graded on are:

Angle – Your story must have a clear angle. You will focus on only a few key pieces of information about the person you are writing about. You don’t want to try to tell their whole story. Stories that have a unique angle presented in the first one or two paragraphs and carried throughout their story will receive full points.

Quotes – Your story must contain unique, story-telling quotes from your subject. Your quotes should be lengthy and contain evidence of a good interview. Make sure you write down what your subject says word-for-word during your interview and use those quotes in your story.

Your story can be typed or handwritten. It will be due at the start of class tomorrow.

Thursday


Bring your stories that you wrote about your partner. You’ll be sharing them today.

During the first part of the hour, you’ll be getting together with the person you wrote about and another pair of students. You’ll read your story out loud to the group and then listen and critique other stories that are read aloud in your group. After that, one person from your group will share their story with the class.

The reason we read stories aloud in this class is to get used to accountability in your writing. You need to get used to other people reading and reacting to your writing because you’ll be putting your writing out for everyone in the school to read very soon. If you are embarrassed about your writing, that’s a sign that you could have done better. Work to a level where you would be confident with anyone reading what you wrote.

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Next, we learned about what makes something newsworthy.

The presentation is below if you need to review or missed some notes.

After that, you toured the school and tried to find five story ideas in the hallways.

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Search for seven ideas that would fit in one or more of the sections of our paper. The sections are as follows:

1. News
2. Sports
3. Features
4. Opinions
5. Arts and Entertainment

TONIGHT, you need to sign up for the four stories you’d like to write about the most. You must sign up for your four top cho

Sign up here.

Please follow the instructions in the sign up topic carefully.

Make sure you’re signed in and click “Reply.” Leave a post with:

  1. Your first name an last initial.
  2. The three or four stories you want to write about the most.
  3. Why you’d be great at writing about your story.
  4. If you want to work as a team with another students and who that student would be.

Friday

We began the day by making a GIANT list of potential story assignments on the whiteboard. We came up with over 100 potential ideas.

This weekend, you need to sign up for the four stories you’d like to write about the most. You must sign up for your four choices by Saturday night at Midnight. I’ll assign stories by the end of the day on Sunday.

Sign up here.

Please follow the instructions in the sign up topic carefully.

Make sure you’re signed in and click “Reply.” Leave a post with:

  1. Your first name an last initial.
  2. The three or four stories you want to write about the most.
  3. Why you’d be great at writing about your story.
  4. If you want to work as a team with another students and who that student would be.

Next, we read the introduction Focus on Reporting as a whole class. If you missed today, you need to read the entire chapter, because we’ll be taking a short quiz on Monday at the start of class.

After we read the introduction, we divided in 12 groups. Each group was assigned a concept from the chapter to read, study, summarize, and illustrate. After that, each group presented their summary and illustration to the class.

The concepts you need to understand for Monday are:

  1. Theme
  2. Research
  3. Angle
  4. Focus
  5. Order
  6. Transition
  7. Clarity
  8. Accuracy
  9. Word Choice
  10. Description
  11. Interpretation
  12. Unity

Come back for examples from this year’s class.

Examples from last year’s Block 2 class.

Bring It!


Get ready to turn your technology into powerful learning and creation experiences. Your class is mobile device friendly. That means you’re encouraged to bring the following technologies to class;

  • Smartphones,
  • Laptops and Netbooks,
  • iPods and iPads,
  • Android devices and tablets, and
  • Kindles, Nooks, and eReaders.


You’ll be able to access coursework, readings, calendars, and assignments from your device. We’ll also find ways to put them to use in the creation of multimedia projects, research, writing, and reporting. From blogging and photography to reading and responding, we’ll find ways for you to get the most out of your technology. You may also find it helpful to use your own devices to keep yourself organized and connected during the school year.

Whenever possible, readings in this class will be available in PDF format, which can be read by any device. Longer readings may also be available in ePub and Mobi format, depending on copyright considerations. Choice reading is a big part of this class, and students often say that they feel better having their books with them on their personal devices instead of print format. The Buffalo Public Library has an eBook lending library that can be used on any mobile device.

We will practice responsible and respectful use of technology in the class, focusing on using technology appropriately and always keeping the focus on learning and creating, not the tools themselves.

Students are not and will never be required to bring a personal digital device to class. While students may want to use their devices in group situations, students will not be asked to share a personal device with another student. All devices will be in possession of students and the classroom will always be locked when devices may be left in the classroom. A limited number of charging cables will be available in the classroom.

Learn more about BHM Schools’ Bring it campaign or feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

rmccallum@bhmschools.org
763-682-8162

Share your drafts

Click here to see who to share your drafts with.

  • Reminders for today and Homework for the weekend:
  • On Google Docs, Share your draft with McCallum and all the editors that apply to you. Find the list for sharing on the J1 page of bhs.cc .
  • Print two copies of your story (three for groups of four people) and give them to the people in your review group.
  • Be sure to get the rough drafts from your review partners before you leave class today.
  • Over the weekend, read each draft closely and mark the paper thoroughly, pointing out errors in style or grammar but more on giving advice on making the story better . Be ready to share your thoughts on your partners’ stories when you get back on Monday. It will be the first thing that you do.
  • Both annotating drafts and conferencing on Monday is a part of your Summative quarter grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CQ Researcher

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J1 – Week 7

Monday

Analyzing the Inverted Pyramid

Tuesday

Coming soon.

Updating Hoofprint.net

Hey! You’re ready to update Hoofprint.net! Alright!

OLLRAIGHT

Here’s a good guide on how to write your story well.

 

How to get photos ready for putting online

Putting your photos online

 

Journalism 1 – Week 4 – September 26-30

Monday

You got a ton of feedback on your rough draft over the weekend. Most of it should help you find a great direction and focus the work that you do for the rest of the week on your story. Please don’t confuse a lot of feedback with doing a poor story.

Here’s the plan for today. If you were gone, the whole agenda is on the slideshow.

Tuesday

You got a great start on your revisions yesterday. Today, you’ll continue fixing and improving your draft. Keep asking yourselves the following questions:

  • Is my story about people?
  • Is my story specific to this school and this year, or could it be about basically anyone?
  • Is my lead active and interesting?
  • Does my story have a clear angle introduced within the first two paragraphs?
  • Did I do research beyond talking to my friends or people in the class?
If you can answer “yes” to all of these questions, then your story will be excellent. Tomorrow, we will not have as much time to work on drafts as we have today and yesterday, so please make the most of your time.

Share your drafts!

Go here to see who to share with!

J1 – Week 2 – September 12-16

Monday

We started the hour by finishing and presenting your Focus on Reporting posters. The rest of the class took notes as you presented. We will have a short quiz on these concepts tomorrow.


Next, we went over your upcoming deadlines for your first story.

  • Background Research: Due Wednesday
  • Five interviews and observations: Due next Wednesday, September 21
  • Rough Draft: Due next Friday, September 23
  • Final Draft: Due Friday, September 30
  • We took some time to start your background research process.

    Your background research is due on Wednesday.


    Finally, after all of this as done, you did an activity either involving Legos or a visit to the courtyard. We’ll see how the weather looks.

    If we still had time after that, we ended by starting to go through the Hoofprint Writer’s Guide.


    Due Wednesday: Background Research:

    Find out enough basic information about your topic to be able to write thoughtful, open-ended questions and know who to contact for interviews.

    Tuesday

    REMINDER: Your background information and research for your first deadline story is tomorrow. Don’t forget!

    We started the day with a short quiz and reflection on Focus on Reporting. If you missed today, you need to respond to these questions:

    1. Describe how all six elements of reporting work together when done correctly.

    2. How would you define the job of a reporter?

    3. What are three things that you need to keep in mind as you begin the reporting process?

    After that, we talked a little bit more about your expectations for research and what you should bring to class tomorrow. You will not have homework beyond your research tonight. Please make sure you give it an honest effort.

    You had some class time at this point to do some research.

    After the class time, we continued Journalism Writing Style instruction. We almost completed it today.

    Wednesday

    Your background research is due today.

    We took time and wrote 10 or more interview questions at the start of class.

    The next big due date is to get five quality interviews done by Wednesday, September 22..

    We finished our Journalism Writer’s Guide today.

    Finally, we read a chapter called “Find an Angle” that should help you think about your story and finding the most interesting thing to write about.

    Thursday

    At the start of class today, you worked with a partner to illustrate a Journalism Style rule from the packet we concluded yesterday. You presented to the class at about the halfway point of class.

    After that, we did a brief review of the style manual and filled in any gaps that you may have had in your notes.

    Finally, we did a great activity that illustrated the job of a reporter.

    Tomorrow: Style and Rules Quiz #1!

    Friday

    Here’s the quiz. Shhh…. don’t tell anyone. Journalism Style and Rules Quiz 1 – 2010

    We started the block with the quiz.

    After that, we took some time to check out the forum as a class and sign up for Google Docs.

    Then we watched a video or two and talked for a bit about awareness and observations.

    After that, we had work time. You guys should all have a great weekend!