January 15

Posted: January 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

We did entry #7 of the daily news journal. We will do two more entries, and I’ll collect journals for the last time this quarter Jan. 22. We finished reviewing Leads Practice 3 in class. In the lab time of class, students should have completed and turned in draft 2 of the wreck story, worked on Leads Activity 4 (which they will turn in), or revisions of the InDesign practice 1. Some students made revisions to or completed the Front Page design project part 1; and some were ready to move on to part 2, which is creating the design on the computer.

Homework: Finish Leads Activity 4, finish any drafts, and make sure your Front Page design part 1 is complete so that you can move on to part 2 next class.

January 11

Posted: January 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

We did the New York Times news quiz for the week instead of the daily news journal today.  In the lab time of class, students worked on peer edits and second drafts of the wreck story, finishing Leads Practice 3, or revisions of the InDesign practice 1.

Homework: work on draft revisions.

January 9

Posted: January 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

Students completed a daily news journal entry, #6 for this cycle. We reviewed Leads Practice 2, and I discussed parameters for the front page design project. In the lab time of class, students worked on drafts of the wreck story, Leads Practice 3, or revisions of the InDesign practice 1.

Homework: make sure that you have finished your draft of the wreck story (now past due) so that you can get your peer edit and revisions done next class. Also make sure you have turned in your front page dummy so that you can start the front page design project next class.

January 7

Posted: January 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

Students did a daily news journal. Then we review leads for stories. In the lab portion of class, students had time to work on their drafts of the wreck story, a peer edit and revisions of their drafts, Leads Practice 2 or any outstanding design work.

Homework: Make sure you have Leads Practice 2 and the draft of the wreck story by next class.

December 21

Posted: January 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

We reviewed news leads activity 1. Then we reviewed news structure notes again. Students started on their first news story – they got the notes and quotes and just concentrated on structure and leads. They also had lab time to work on any outstanding assignments, which must be in before the break.

Homework: Make sure your story draft is complete by next class.

December 19

Posted: January 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

Today was the last day to complete InDesign 1 for full credit. We reviewed news leads and began a practice identifying types of leads. Student worked on finishing a second assignment finding and using good sources. They also had computer time to finish their designs.

Homework: finish leads practice 1.

December 17

Posted: December 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

We discussed news structure, the third concept in our news writing unit. Students had time to work on ongoing assignments: interview assignment 2, InDesign practice 1, and sources assignment 2 (a scavenger hunt). These are all due before the winter break.

Homework: work on sources assignment 2.