Monthly Archives: March 2008

Getting Closer…

Please Do Now:

  1. Comment back to this post with the headline of your article, a one sentence description, and the section you expect it to appear in.

Today, students will:

  1. Peer review first drafts.
  2. Finish reporting their articles.
  3. Finish all final drafts by today if they want them to appear in the paper.
  4. Someone needs to go to Ms. Benaglia and get 11″ x 17″ paper.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Final drafts and reflections are due on your blogs by Friday morning, and on paper by Monday morning (stop by and drop it in the tacklebox). 
  2. End of quarter reflections are due on your blogs by Friday morning, and on paper by Monday morning (stop by and drop it in the tacklebox). 
  3. By Friday afternoon, I want a finalized blog post that includes links to all of your work that is due this quarter – All planners, notes and quotes, first drafts, final drafts, reflections, midquarter reflections and end of quarter reflections, in order.  I want these printed off and packeted by Monday afternoon.
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Due Date

Please Do Now:

  1. Read the following article from the Miami Herald: http://www.miamiherald.com/top_stories/story/459368.html
  2. How do you think this authors reported this story?  What information did they have ahead of time, what information did they get at the event, and what information did they have to get afterwards?  How do you think they acquired all of this information?
  3. Discuss the style of writing in this article.  How do the authors use specific details to evoke a general emotion in the reader?  Find specific examples of the authors’ word choices that have this effect.

Today, students will:

  1. Finish and turn in first drafts by the end of this period.
  2. Peer edit first drafts.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Final drafts are due Friday!

How was the FCAT?

Please Do Now:

  1. Read the following story and answer the questions below: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/breaking_news/story/455403.html
  2. Explain the content of this article: Who is arguing over what and what was the result?
  3. Explain the reporting of this article: Are all sides fairly represented and can you detect a bias on the part of the author?
  4. Explain the writing of this article: How is it structured, how does the lead match the story, and how does the style match the content?

Today, students will:

  1. Discuss high school journalism censorship.
  2. Workshop Do Now article.
  3. Finish first drafts.
  4. Peer edit first drafts.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. First drafts due Monday! 
  2. Final drafts due next Friday!

Good Luck on the FCAT!

Please Do Now:

  1. Make a list of every person the author quotes, and that person’s position or title.
  2. What question is this article trying to answer?  Do you think the author has a point of view?

Today, students will:

  1. Finish article planners.
  2. Peer-review article planners.
  3. Begin article reporting and writing.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Article planners are due today.
  2. First drafts are due next Friday.
  3. Rest up for the FCAT.

Finalizing Article Ideas

Please Do Now:

  1. Check your wordpress for comments regarding your article idea.
  2. Comment back to this post with a 3 sentence summary of the article you intend to write, explaining whom you plan on interviewing, what your angle will be, and what other information you will need.

Today, students will:

  1. Work on article planners.
  2. Begin to report articles.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Finish article planners by Friday.

Round 3

Please Do Now:

  1. Compare and contrast the articles: NOT the content, but the way the articles were reported and written.

Today, students will:

  1. Explain, in your own words, what happened.
  2. How would you act if you were the author?  The journalism teacher?
  3. Brainstorm Round 3 Articles.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Round 3 Planners due Friday