Monthly Archives: April 2008

Round 2

Please Do Now:

  1. Read the following article in the Herald: http://www.miamiherald.com/top_stories/story/513235.html
  2. Make a list of each person’s TITLE that is quoted in the story.
  3. How do you think this person got all of their information?

Today, students will:

  1. Brainstorm new story ideas.
  2. Brainstorm WHO they will talk to and WHERE they will go for information.
  3. Begin work on Round 2 Planners.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Round 2 planners are due Thursday at the end of class.
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Wednesday

Please Do Now:

  1. Read the following article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/washington/20generals.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=military+analyst&st=nyt&oref=slogin
  2. Where did the bulk of the information in this article come from?  How was it obtained?
  3. How was the news media manipulated in this story? 

Today, students will:

  1. Peer edit first drafts.
  2. Finish notes and quotes.
  3. Begin final drafts.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Final drafts, notes and quotes, and reflections due Friday.

Goodbye Blue Mondays

Please Do Now:

  1. Read the following NYT article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/19/us/politics/19class.html?ref=education
  2. Make a list of the people who are quoted.  How do you think this author reported this story?  Who did he talk to and in what context?

Today, students will:

  1. Peer edit first drafts.
  2. Continue reporting.
  3. Begin final drafts.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Final drafts due Friday.

First Drafts Due Today

Please Do Now:

  1. Since we are on a shortened bell schedule, get to work immediately!

Today, students will:

  1. Finish First Drafts unless you have been granted an extension in advance.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Final Drafts, Notes and Quotes and Reflections are due next Friday.

More Paper

Please Do Now:

  1. Read the following review of MTV’s The Paper: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-cyprus-bay-high-school-paper-080415-ht,1,448466.story
  2. Explain how this review differs from the other ones we have read up until this point.

Today, students will:

  1. Review the comments made by your section editors (everyone but news) and me.
  2. Interview and begin work on first drafts.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. First drafts are due Thursday at the end of class.

The Paper

Please Do Now:

  1. Read the following press release: http://mtvpress.com/press/release/news_mtv_series_the_paper_chronicles_the_daily_pressures_of_high_school_jou/
  2. Read the following article in the Sun-Sentinel: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/entertainment/events/sfl-fltl0410-mtvthepapertlbeapr10,0,5284617.story
  3. Compare and contrast the journalistic style of the two pieces of writing.

Today, students will:

  1. Finish prewrite forms by the end of the day – Post to your blog and print off a copy for the tacklebox.
  2. Begin Notes and Quotes if your prewrite has been approved by Mr. Weiss.

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. First drafts are due next Thursday.

Back to Work

Please Do Now:

  1. Read the following story:
  2. Comment on the viability of this feature.  How does the author show, and how does he tell?

Today students will:

  1. Finalize ideas for stories
  2. Begin Prewrites

Tonight’s homework is:

  1. Prewrites due Friday