|Journalism Course Outline
What You Can Expect in Journalism
The purpose of this 20-week course is to provide you with yet another outlet for exploring the basic and more advanced points of the English language, and to introduce you to the world of print and broadcast media —news, opinion, feature writing, ethics, media law and more. At least 5 weeks of this course is devoted to the maintenance of a local news netcast produced by the students of this course. You will be part of a team that finds, writes, edits, and mixes recorded news for the weekly program, which is published on the Internet and is featured on the iTunes Store. The goal of this course is multifold:
• To teach you the basics structures of news, feature, and editorial writing
• To give you the skills to be a more resourceful researcher
• To give you the skills to become a more informed and responsible citizen
• To build character through mock and real editorial choices and decisions
• To improve listening and note taking skills through news situations
• To publish your work
• To improve all areas of writing, but emphasizing such sub-conventions as concision, consistency, transitioning, elaboration and development, and using quotations and attribution
• To learn the basics of using technological tools to find, write, record, edit, mix and publish news and other recorded sounds for a local and national news show produced in this class.
• To improve skills for speaking to an audience, including pace, fluidity, volume, clarity, emphasis and breath control.
|Materials You Need for English Class — all year long
||Required + Recommended
|1.5- or 2-inch binder OR a folder for work
||A sipral bound notebook + reporter's notebook
||Pens and pencils — a supply to last all year
||A flash or thumb drive to save computer work
|Units of Study in English Class
Areas of Study
• Understanding News
• Gathering News
• Writing News
• Broadcast News Writing and Production
• Feature Writing
• Editorial Writing
• Journalism Ethics and Media Law
• American History through Journalism
• Graphic Design for Web and Print Publishing
Instructional Methods Used:
• Large group discussion
• Small group activities
• Denonstration of knowledge through the use of technology
• Individualized and self-motivated instruction
• Audio and video
• Scholastic Journalism, Tenth Edition (Rolnicki, Tate and Taylor)
• Associated Press Style Book and Briefing on Media Law (Associated Press)
|Your Grade in English Class
Your grade will be based on your tests, projects, presentations, quizzes, homework, news pieces, and other major and minor writing assignments.
Typical English Class Assignment Values:
• Tests and Major Projects — 50 percent
• Quizzes and Minor Projects — 30 percent
• Participation — 20 percent
What's My Grade?
Have your parents signed up for online grade book access?
How Your Class Participation is Scored
Your class participation score, which is 20 percent of your quarter grade, is measured daily based on the five categories below. Those scores are then translated into a weekly grade. A student is not penalized in any way for an excused absense. On average, most studetns earn between 4 and 5 points every day.
|Measures the level at which a student is in his seat when the bell rings.
||Measures the level at which a student is prepared for class with required materials and assignments. This area also measures how quickly a student gets necessary materials ready at the start of class and at other times deemed necessary.
||Measures the level at which a student proactively contributes to class by offering ideas and asking necessary questions that keep the class discussion insightful and on topic. This area also measures how well a student uses class time to complete tasks that have been assigned by the teacher.
||Measures the level at which a student listens when others talk and builds off of the ideas of others in order to contribute to class. Also, this area measures how well a student can complete simple tasks without having to ask the teacher to repeat the task.
||Measures the level at which a student avoids displaying disruptive, rude, insubordinate or inappropriate behavior during class. Also, this area measures how well a student can avoid being disrupted by a classmate’s bad behavior
|Late Work in English Class
• LATE WORK WILL NOT BE TAKEN LIGHTLY in Journalism class.
• Late work is discounted 10% each day it is not turned in.
• Some assignments are one time awards, meaning that if you do not complete the assignmente on time, it becomes a zero that day.
• No excuses will be accepted for late work.
• Check the Homework page for weekly assignments.
|Absent from Class for Some Reason?
• If you miss class for any reason, you are responsible for the work you miss.
• Always come to class before going to music lessons or leaving school and ask for your assignment.
• Missing class for a reason other than illness does not mean you can't do the homework.
• If you miss class Wednesday because of a dentist appointment, for instance, you are still responsible for work due Thursday. Remember that Wednesday's task was assigned on Monday — the day the assignment sheet was handed out. The "I wasn't here" excuse doesn't apply in cases like these.
• If you are unsure about an assignment, check the Homework page.
• Good students are responsible and resourceful, which means they know how to find what they're looking for and then they take care of business once they've found it. You can get what you want if you can navigate this site.
• If you are home sick from school, you have three days to make up missed work. This is your reminder.
|Find Mr. Stratton
Marking Periods 3 and 4
- Period 1 — Rm. 230 (English 9H)
- Period 2 — Rm. 230 (English 910)
- Period 3 — Rm. 230 (English 9)
- Period 4 — Rm. 230 (Available)
- Period 5 — Rm. 230 (English 9)
- Period 6 — (Lunch)
- Period 7 — Rm. 230 (English 9)
- Period 8 — Rm. 230 (Available)
- Period 9 — Rm. 230 (Journalism)
- Email Mr. Stratton from this site or firstname.lastname@example.org
- After school appointments can easily be set up as well.