Monthly Archives: February 2008

Excused Absence

Sorry Guys – I’m absent AGAIN!  I was sent to a meeting at Coral Reef Senior High to learn about the IB program.  If you’re writing an article on it, I should have some good information when I get back.

Anyways, you have the following assignments due by the end of today:

  1. Final Draft
  2. Revised Notes and Quotes
  3. Article Reflection
  4. Midmarking period Reflection piece

Please post these assignments to your blog AND file a printed copy in the tacklebox.  If you finish early, read the following article:

Comment back to this post with your thoughts about our high incarceration rate in the US.  Do you think we can do anything to safely change it? 

Have a great weekend! 

See you Monday,



Deadline Thursday!

Please Do Now:

  1. Read the following profile on the creator of Facebook:
  2. Find 3 examples of when the author “shows” something about the profile subject.
  3. Find 3 examples of when the author “tells” something about the profile subject.
  4. What do you think the author’s opinion is of the profile subject?  How do you know? 
  5. Is this article objective or biased?  How do you know? 

Today, students will:

  1. Peer edit first drafts (if this wasn’t done Friday).
  2. Look for edits from Journalism II students (if you handed in first drafts on Friday)
  3. Look for missing elements or interviews before final draft – is this article objective and neutral with fair comment from all points of view, or is it subtly biased?
  4. Re-report and edit your final draft.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Final drafts, Reflections and revised Notes and Quotes are due Thursday at the end of class – ON BLOG AND ON PAPER.
  2. Midmarking reflection pieces are due Thursday – ON BLOG AND ON PAPER.

Substitute Lesson Plan

Hi guys,

Today your first drafts are due.  I trust that you brought in paper copies as well as posted them to your blogs.

I want you to spend the first half of the period in groups of 3-4 peer editing each other’s work.  Pay special attention to things like objectivity and neutrality – what additional voices are missing from the story?  This is your chance to correct your trajectory if you are blowing off course.  Language can always be cleaned up later, but we can’t re-report your story at the last minute.

Also focus on leads, use of quotes, and story structure.

For the second half of the period, you may conduct interviews and begin working on your final drafts at the computer.

Place your most current draft in the your folder in my tackle-box.  Your editors will check what you have posted over the weekend and will review your paper drafts on Monday.

Have a great weekend! – Mr. Weiss

Back to Basics

Please Do Now:

  1. Explain in your own words how fact and opinion are supposed to interact in each of the following journalistic styles: News, Features, Opinion, A & E, Sports.
  2. How should the author express fact and use opinion?
  3. What should a journalist do when you quote someone with a strong opinion?
  4. Comment back to this post.

Today, students will:

  1. Read the following profile in the New York Times:
  2. Discuss the use of fact, opinion, quotes and balance in a profile piece.
  3. Conduct reporting for their first drafts.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. First Drafts are due on your blogs AND on paper at the BEGINNING of Friday’s class.

Planners Due Today!

ATTENTION: Yearbook pictures for The Beachcomber meet outside the library on Wednesday at 12:30 PM! 

Please Do Now:

  1. Answer the following questions as a comment to this post. 
  2. What is the author’s point of view?  How does the author use both fact and opinion?  what is the tone of the article?

Today, students will:

  1. Learn elements of and techniques for strong editorial writing.
  2. Peer edit article planners.
  3. Begin reporting for round two articles.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. First drafts are due Friday when you get to class.

Square One

FYI: Only 8 students posted article ideas.  Only 6 posted 5 article ideas.  Only 3 posted 5 complete, well explained article ideas.

Please Do Now:

  1. Check your wordpress for advice on what article to write. Begin working on your planner.
  2. If you have no ideas posted, post 5 well-explained article pitches onto your wordpress.

Today, students will:

  1. Solidify article ideas.
  2. Begin planner documents.
  3. Begin reporting for Round Two articles.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Planners are due Friday.
  2. First Drafts are due next Thursday.

Deadline Day!

Please Do Now:

  1. For 15 minutes, take a partner and peer review the most up-to-date draft you have in your possession.  Check for EVERYTHING: Lead, use of quotes, structure, objectivity, missing perspectives, fact checking, grammar, word choice, diction, spelling, etc…  Feel free to mark up your partner’s paper.
  2. For 5 minutes, trade back and explain your comments to your partner.

Today, students will:

  1. Finish and print final drafts.
  2. Print all notes and quotes
  3. Turn in peer-reviewed first draft.
  4. Turn in original story planner.
  5. Finish and print 1 page reflection piece.
  6. Assemble all work into a packet with a cover page and table of contents.  Hand in to me by the end of the period.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Begin brainstorming story ideas for your next assignment.
  2. Post 5 story proposals on your blog by Friday night.  Give a three sentence summary of each idea (what is the angle, who would you interview, where would you get your facts, how many words, etc.)  Your editors will be checking your blogs over the weekend to give you your next assignment.