Archives for January 2009

Term 3 – Day 9

Hey guys. We had another great day. They just keep on rolling.

We began the day with a video that tested your math ability. Watch it here (google video) or here (MSNBC).

We then watched talked about the significance of the domain name www.opportunityisnowhere.com.

After that we read an excerpt from Ben Sherwood’s upcoming book The Survivor’s Club that was featured in this weeks Newsweek.

Newsweek: What it takes to survive [online]

We discussed what the article meant for journalists and for the class’s job of covering the school.

Finally, you had time to work on blogging, hoofprint.net, and finishing your layout.

Day 9

We started the day with a video about a Magic Trick (YouTube).

We then had a discussion about awareness and what awarness and perspective means to journalists.

After that, you had the block to do two things:

1. Finish your beautiful posters.

2. Work on polls/surveys/interviews.

Have a great weekend!

Day 9

Hey guys. We had another great day. They just keep on rolling.

We began the day with a video that tested your math ability. Watch it here (google video) or here (MSNBC).

We then watched talked about the significance of the domain name www.opportunityisnowhere.com.

After that we read an excerpt from Ben Sherwood’s upcoming book The Survivor’s Club that was featured in this weeks Newsweek.

Newsweek: What it takes to survive [online]

We discussed what the article meant for journalists and for the class’s job of covering the school.

Finally, you had time to work on blogging, hoofprint.net, and finishing your layout.

Day 8

You started the day by getting your feedback from your J2 peer coach.

After that, we did a poster-making activity.

It pretty much rocked.

Day 8

Today you logged in to your Google Docs and gave feedback to your J1 writer before lunch.

After lunch, we finished the The Farmhouse Murders.

Finally, you had time to work.

Don’t forget about your reading log. It’s due tomorrow.

Term 3 – Day 7

Today, you used Google Docs for the first time. You found out who your J2 Peer Coahes are, and you saved their usernames somewhere you’ll be able to keep it for the quarter.

You started a new Google Docs document, gave it a title, and shared it with McCallum, your partner (if you have one), and your J2 Peer Coaches.

In the document, you included:

  • What you’ve learned.
  • What angle you’re thinking about.
  • Interview sources.
  • Interview Questions.

After that, we finished the Hoofprint Writer’s Guide.

Day 7

Today, I thew my plan out when you guys started doing great things.

Today, you broke from a plan and just worked on things that you were excited about. We had people working on blogs, hoofprint.net, photography, and layout. It was a great day overall.

Thank you.

Day 6

You had until lunch to work on blogging/updating your Reading Log/Hoofprint.net or other work related to the class.

After lunch, we read the second part of The Farmhouse Murders from The StarTribune.

After reading that, we watched a short, 2-minute clip from The StarTribune that goes with the series.

Finally, we had an introduction to Layouts. If you’re already advanced with this, you can begin right away. I’ll give instructions and refreshers to the rest of the class.

Day 6

We began the block by taking the Focus on Reporting Quiz.

After that, we went through part of the Hoofprint Writer’s Guide. Eventually, there will be a test on this information, so you’re responsible for knowing all of it. You must get 100% on this quiz to pass.

After that, you had a few minutes left to work on setting up appointments, doing research, or writing background research questions.

Due Tomorrow: Background Research and the KWI sheet from when you started your research. Make sure it’s in your folder and that your folder gets to McCallum by the end of class. You will also be turning in the brainstorming activity we’ll do in class today and a definite angle for your story.

Due next Wednesday: Complete five full interviews with people from outside the class or your circle of friends. Observe the activity or event you’re writing about. Bring your full notes and complete quotes from the experiences to class at the start of the hour. 150 points (100 for interviews + 50 for observations).

Term 3 – Day 6

Today, you’ll begin the day by filling out your Coverage Assignment #2 Rubric and Evaluation. Here’s a copy: Coverage Assignment Rubric.

You had a small amount of time to polish your assignment, export it, and upload it to the right topic on the message board.

After that, you presented your coverage assignment to the class and explained what made them great.