Archives for September 2010

Publications Writing – Week 4 – September 27-October 1

Thank you all so much for your help with the Senior Class Photo on Friday. It went beautifully.


After that, we did an activity with the chapter Focus on Reporting. If you were gone today, please read it.


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 texted in our thoughts on reporting as a group to see what our conclusions are.

After that it was time to start talking about writing stories. We started by taking some notes on Lead-Transiton-Quote Format.

After that, we looked at examples as a class of really good stories told with Lead Transitions Quote Format.

Due tomorrow:

  • Three Interviews
  • One Observation
  • We will do a story in Lead-Transition-Quote format using the interviews and observations you bring in.


Your three interviews and an observation are due today. You need to fill out an Interview and Observation Self Evaluation – Part 1 and then staple your interview notes and observations notes to it. I will evaluate all of these things with you and put them in the gradebook, but you will NOT turn them in. You need to keep these with you.

After that, you had the whole block to write a story in Lead-Transition-Quote Format.


Today we focused on the concept of Angle. We look at a chapter called Find and Angle and then discussed different methods of choosing an angle for your story. If you are gone today, please read this chapter on your own to be caught up.

After that, we started our Style and Rules instruction. When we take a quiz on this on Momday, you must get 100% to pass. Please take studying these things seriously.

This is the packet we used to study: The Tatanka Writer’s Guide 2010


We will finish our Style and Rules instruction today.

After that, we’ll review and practice writing idents. The quiz on this is Monday.

Long Term Homework:

  1. You need to take a picture of someone doing something or something with a story behind it by Tuesday, October 12. It will work best if it’s something concerning something or someone at BHS. It works even better if it’s about one of your story assignments this year.
  2. You have three more interviews and one more observation due Wednesday, October 6.
  3. Your rough draft is due Friday, October 8. We will have all block on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to work on stories.

Journalism: Week 4 – September 27-October 1

It’s already week four?


At the start of the hour, you’ll grab all the feedback you received over the weekend. You should have multiple posts about your story on the forum and you should have feedback from McCallum and at least one other editor on your Google Docs draft.

Make notes to yourself about what you did well and what you still need to do.  Turn these notes in along with an action plan for the week. This is just a list of what you will do today through Friday with your story to make a great final draft.

Finally, you had time to work.


You guys did amazing work this week. You productively used class time each day this block and got your stories changed from rough drafts into polished final products. Thank you for your hard work.

Journalism – Friday Instructions

On Friday during class

You will not get credit for turning in your drafts unless you do the following:

1. Share them with your editors.

Use this document to help you.

2. Post your story as a new topic on the Forum on the Journalism board.

3. Fill out a Rough Draft Evaluation and get it to McCallum.

Homework for Monday:

Read through FOUR stories on the Journalism Board and leave comments for the writers. Each post you make should be at least one complete paragraph.

You cannot use the words “Good Job!”

Journalism – Week 3 – September 20-24

Upcoming Deadlines:

Due Wednesday: At least three interviews and at least one observation.

Due Friday: Your Rough Draft.


We will begin the block by getting everybody signed in to Google Docs. Please remember the password you chose.

After that, we did a 15-minute observation activity. Your observations are due with your interviews on Wednesday.

After that, we looked at the highlights of a chapter called Show Me, Don’t Tell Me. If you are gone today, please read this packet and be ready to discuss it tomorrow.


We looked at a chapter called Tell Readers a Good Story and did an activity on it with the class. If you are gone today, please read this chapter.


Your interviews are due today.

You will start the block by finishing your Interview Self Evaluation sheet.

Next, you’ll have the entire block to work on writing your draft.

I will grade all interviews during class time so that you can keep them with you. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR INTERVIEWS IN THE CLASSROOM TODAY.

Please start your drafts on Google Docs and share them with McCallum, your partner, and the editors of The Hoofprint.


You had the whole class today to work on wiring your draft. It’s due tomorrow.

Bring one printed copy of your draft to class with you tomorrow.


You will begin the hour by filling out a Rough Draft Evaluation.

After that, you will workshop your stories and get feedback from your partners.

Next, you will post your stories on the Journalism board of The Forum.

If there was class time left to work with, you could use it to start improving your draft.

Due Monday:

Read four drafts on the forum and leave at least one paragraph of feedback for each one. This is due by the start of class on Monday.

Publications Writing – Week 3 – September 20-24

Deadline Update:

Due Monday: Update

Due Wednesday: Background Research

Due Next Monday: Definite Yes/No Answer from all businesses you signed up for

Due Next Wednesday: Three interviews and One Observation


We will begin the hour by finally making the great update that we couldn’t get to last week.

I’ll teach how to add photos, edit pics for use as thumbnail images, and adding featured images, and there are step-by-step instructions on how to do everything I explain on the Tips Page.

You have a full 40 minutes to make these updates, and I hope that’s enough time for everybody.

Once that got done, we spent time doing an activity based on a reading called Focus on Reporting. It should take the rest of the hour.


We will start the hour finishing up the Focus on Reporting activity that we started yesterday.

We rounded out the Focus on Reporting activity with some brief notes on research and reporting.

Once that gets done, we’ll look at some of the best updates on from yesterday.

Next, you’ll be testing out your acting ability as you create skits to explain the Functions of a Yearbook.

Finally, before you got time to work, the photo editors explained photo orders and what’s expected when you work on them tomorrow.


Your background research is due today.

Along with your background research, you’ll be turning in photo orders, which you’ll be completing and turning in during class today.

After you do that, we’ll read  The Last Stop – by Brian Cable, a story that focuses a great deal on observation and detail.

Finally, we did a 15-minute observation activity that should cement the importance of Observations in your writing.

Your three interviews and at least one observation are due one week from today.


Ah, Class Color Day. This should be fun. We’ll start the class by taking a few group pictures. Check back here to grab a few for yourself.

Next, you were introduced to The Forum and we took a few minutes of class time to sign up for accounts and take a look around.

Then, we finished the day with a community building activity called “Electricity”. It’s fun. Trust me.


I don’t dare update this yet. Check back here later on in the week for a full update.

We’re either going to do a update today or Monday. We’ll see what we’ve got time for.

If we’re not updating, we’ll look at a chapter called Find an Angle.  Again, check back here for more details.

Work Time

Yearbook Terms

The terms disappeared from last week’s post, so here they are again!

Journalism – Week 2, September 13-17


We started the hour by 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.

After that, you received your story assignments for first deadline. Some of you neglected to sign up for stories over the weekend. Those of you without assignments are now behind and will be expected to catch up on your own.

Once you got your assignment, you started your background research by listing what you already know, could easily find out, and what you need to know about your topic. Once you came up with this list, you put down your first steps in he reporting process.

Your background research is due on Wednesday.

Finally, after all of this as done, you did an activity involving Legos.

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

Newspaper Story Assignments – First Deadline

Megan N – New Ag Teacher Profile
Cheyenne – High School from a Freshman’s Eyes
Marah M – New Teachers
Colton – The Dynamic of a Football Game
Heather G – Girls’ tennis
Michael W – Internet Tracking and Monitoring
Emily D – Why BHS?
Cody O – High School Students and the military
Marissa – When I grow up…
Katie – Activities outside of school
Caitlin B – Students working on the Hospice House
Angela R and Emily A – Exchange Students
Ayjiah and Amber – Media and pop culture at BHS
Tyler B and Morgan L – Football
Nessa – Tennis
Andrew – Lacrosse
Cadie – Volleyball
No sign ups from :
Ariana K – FACS classes
Rylee K – The changing role of High School in America
Alex L – Fall Play
Isaiah R – Bus Drivers
Deanna S – Royalty Around School
Sandy S – Impact Leaders
Trey W – Hazing and Athletics
Jeff B – Boys’ Soccer
Nicole B – Sports related injuries
Marissa M – New Projectors
Bryce B – Willliam Mehling

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.


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.


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.


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!


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!

Publications Writing – Week 2, September 13-17


Due by today: Sign up for 8 advertising contacts on our Google Doc.

We began the hour by finishing the DeWitt Jones video that we started in the Bison Room. We only had about six minutes or so left of it, but I really wanted to finish before we just moved on.

After that, you received your story assignments for the year. Please write down everything you are writing, because you will be responsible for keeping up with your topics until they are finalized and sent to Dallas.

Next, you met with your editors for your first deadline stories and they explained to you their expectations or tried to help you get off on the right foot with your research.

McCallum had some things to talk to you about in regards to your first story assignment as well. You received your Story Starter sheet at this time.

Before we closed the day with Yearbook Terminology (see last week’s post from Thursday to see the full presentation), Brittney D. explained the first steps in Ad Sales to you.

Homework for tonight: Your Story Starter.

Homework or next Monday: Make contact with all 8 of your businesses.


We started the hour with instructions on Advertising sales that we didn’t do yesterday.

After that you met with your editors for first deadline to talk through your first assignment and get a firm understanding of expectations.

Next, we started going through Story Starter Sheets and you had some time to get those started.

Finally, we finished Yearbook Terms instruction.

If we had time, we did a great activity. Check in later for an update.


Okay. Terms have taken long enough. We are going to finish them today before doing anything else.  We’ll begin the hour with them and not finish until they’re done. We’ll have a quiz on terms on Friday and we’ll review tomorrow.

After terms instruction, Brittney D. had a few minutes to explain how you will sell ads as a group. She’s prepared packets for each of you that have all the necessary information and enough advertising contracts to sell to each of your businesses if you can do it.

After that, during a major detour, we found Robert Walters. No big deal.

Finally, you got work time.


You guys won’t believe the Robert Walters Update!

We started the block reviewing Yearbook Terms though a fascinating game of YRBKS Bingo!!!! Our quiz on terms is tomorrow, so I hope you feel ready by the end of the time today.

Next, we did a reporting-related activity that I hope you loved.

Finally, we had time.


Today started with a Yearbook Terms Quiz. It’s a thrilling quiz, isn’t it?

Next, if it was dry, we set up the Senior Class Photo.

If it was wet, you guys we started to look at a reading called “Focus on Reporting”. We did an activity as a class with it. Sine reporting is such a major part of this class, please learn all you can about it. If you miss today, please see me to get a copy of the packet, because it’s important information.

After that it was straight work time.

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you next week.