Monthly Archives: August 2007

Happy Labor Day

We need to talk comments…

 Please Do Now:

  1. Read this article: http://www.miamiherald.com/top_stories/story/219772.html
  2. Write a new news lead for the story that answers as many of the 5 W’s and an H as possible.

Today, students will:

  1. Learn the Inverted Pyramid and Wineglass story formats.
  2. Create interview planners for their upcoming stories
  3. Resolve outstanding webiste and comment issues.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Make sure your webiste is FULLY CONFIGURED (presentation theme, blogroll, editorial note, comment settings). 
  2. By Monday, you must have 4 finalized interview planners and 1 finalized news planner posted as word documents to your blog.   We are really going to kick into gear on Wednesday.
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Now Let’s Get Started!

VD, SK, MM, CM, VV, EH, JB: Please see me after class for 5 minutes.

Please Do Now:

  1. Read the following email from Dr. Sidener that landed in my inbox this morning. 
  2. This is what reporters call a “source.”  Now you have to figure out what to do with it!
  3. In a new window, open up the “News Planner” from the “Forms” tab of this website. 
  4. Imagine that you are writing this as a straight news story with a deadline of Monday, September 3.
  5. Fill out the form first as a MS Word Document.  Then copy and paste it into the comments box for this post.
  6. The student who does the best job will get 3 A’s to write this story for the school paper.

Today, students will:

  1. Learn to use a news planner (LA.B.1.4, LA.A.2.4.1)
  2. Plan a hypothetical story.
  3. Learn how to cultivate and maintain sources. 
  4. Read pp 22-25 of The Manual.
  5. Plan their first news stories and post them to their own blogs.
  6. Form peer editing groups.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Make sure your news planner for your first story is posted to your own blog.
  2. Visit the blogs of the students in your peer editing group.
  3. Comment on how they have planned their stories using the following comment form.

A New Week…

DG, FB, IM, JN, MP, OT and SA need to complete their homework immediately if they want credit.

Please Do Now:

  1. Open a new window in Internet Explorer and point your browser to www.miaminewtimes.com
  2. In a Word document, write a paragraph that explains how the website is organized.  What different kids of artices do you see?  How can we use this website as a model for our own student newspaper?  Which sections transfer well to our school community and which sections are irrelevant or difficult to reproduce?  Use your highest diction and best written English.
  3. Copy the text from your Word document into a comment on this post.

Today, students will:

  1. Identify types of articles in other online publications
  2. Upload pictures to their weblogs by following the instructions for setting up pictures
  3. Understand the definition of News (People + Action + Reader Interest = News)
  4. Understand the 8 News Values
  5. Review your homework story ideas in light of the 8 news values.  For each story idea you proposed, answer the eight questions ON YOUR OWN BLOG.  Identify the three stories that have the most news value.
  6. Become familiar with the Planning and Prewrite forms

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Take your three most promising story ideas and write each one up as a formal one-paragraph story proposal.  ON YOUR OWN BLOG, Explain what the story idea is, predict how many news values the story would include, and spell out the sources you expect to consult.
  2. Read Pages 2-29 of The Manual

Problems with Blogroll

There is a problem with the Blogroll instructions.  If you read them over and replace the word, “Description” with the word, “name” every time it appears, the instructions will work fine.  Comment to this post if you are still having trouble and I will try to help out.

A Day of Reckoning…

5 students got A’s on last night’s assignments

1 student got a B because she forgot her summary

7 students only completed half of the work and got C’s

2 students completed less than half and got D’s

8 students don’t even have their blogs set up and got F’s

IF THIS IS YOU, THEN STEP UP YOUR GAME!

Please Do Now:

  1. Open a new window in Internet Explorer and read this article: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami_dade/beaches/story/206237.html
  2. Write a one sentence summary of this article that answers the questions, “Who, What, Where, When, Why and How?” and submit it as a comment to this post.
  3. Write your full name and a six-digit number in the front cover of your textbook with indelible ink.

Today, students will:

  1. eSign for their books by posting their full name and book number as a comment to the “Book Forms” page.
  2. Clean up their weblogs and add blogrolls by following the instructions for creating a blogroll.
  3. Take pictures to appear on their weblogs.
  4. Brainstorm 5 school news story ideas and post them to their own weblogs.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Clean up your weblogs and postings
  2. Read this article: http://www.miamiherald.com/295/story/212320.html
  3. On your own blog, post the 5 W’s and an H under the title, “Broward teachers get 5.6% pay raise.” Don’t forget to write a one sentence summary that includes as much of the 5 W’s and an H as possible.

A New Day…

As of this morning, Carfagno, Gonzalez, Izarra, Lutz, Nunez and Henric still need to eSign the syllabus page of this weblog. 

Carfagno, Gonzales, Izarra, Lutz, Nunez, Vigne and Henric need to post their Name-A-Grams if they want credit.

I still need parent-signed paper syllabi from Betancur, Carfagno, Garcia, Gonzalez, Izarra, Klein, Montes, Morales, Muller, Toller, Vigne and Henric. 

I WILL BEGIN CALLING PARENTS IF I DON’T GET THEM TOMORROW!

 Please Do Now:

  1. Open a new window in Internet Explorer and login to wordpress.com using your username and password.
  2. Read the following article: http://www.miamiherald.com/295/story/209829.html
  3. Write the “Who, What, Where, When, Why and How” of this article as a comment to this post.  EXAMPLE: Who – Mr. Weiss; What- Journalism Class; Where – Room 416; When – Period 7; Why – To write the school newspaper; How – By learning how to use wordpress.com and learning how to write proper articles.
  4. Write a one sentence summary of the article in your comment (Do NOT use the phrase “This article is/was about…”)

Today, students will:

  1. Learn the 5 W’s and an H, and summarize an article
  2. Set up wordpress.com weblogs by following the instructions

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Sign into wordpress.com with your username and password. 
  2. Read the following article: http://www.miamiherald.com/295/story/208800.html
  3. Write a new post ON YOUR OWN WEBLOG that explains the “Who, What, When, Where, Why and How” of the article, and include a one sentence summary (Do NOT use the phrase “This article is/was about…”)

Welcome Back!

Thanks to everyone who successfully posted their homework last night.  Please see me immediately if you are having trouble navigating the website. 

Today, students will:

  1. Begin to create their own wordpress.com weblogs
  2. Share their Name-A-Grams with the class
  3. Go over the policies and procedures of Journalism I

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Create a wordpress.com weblog
  2. Open the email you will use for this class
  3. Print out your wordpress.com confirmation email and bring it to class tomorrow

Please Do Now:

  1. Open a new window in Internet Explorer
  2. Point your browser to http://www.wordpress.com and click on the green “Sign Up Now!” button
  3. Select a username and password. Your username should be your first name and the first letter of your last name, follower by the year you will graduate from Miami Beach Senior High. EXAMPLE: JohnD2010. You will have to give me your password, so make it something different from other passwords you use.
  4. Enter the email address you created last night, or another email address that you intend to use for this class.
  5. Click on the “Legal Flotsam” and “Gimme a blog!” boxes and move to the next page.
  6. Leave the blog domain field as it is. The blog title should reflect your username. EXAMPLE: JohnD2010’s Weblog. Make sure the language is set to “en-English” and that the “Privacy” box is checked.
  7. Click on the “Signup>>” button.