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2-1 Newark Valley News Weekend Update 2-3 Course Outline 2-3 Great Books 2-3 MyEnglishClass.us 1-9
2-1 Journalism Web Resources 2-3 Page for Parents 2-3 Literature Aloud 2-3 2-2 1-9

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Journalism Course Outline
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ink splotWhat 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.

ink splotMaterials You Need for English Class — all year long
Required + Recommended Required
binder and folder
notebook and loose leaf paper pencils and pens flash drive
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
ink splotUnits of Study in English Class top
scholastic journalism
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

Textbooks Used:
Scholastic Journalism, Tenth Edition (Rolnicki, Tate and Taylor)
Associated Press Style Book and Briefing on Media Law (Associated Press)

ink splotYour Grade in English Class top
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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?

ink splot 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
ink splotLate Work in English Class top
mad points


• 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.
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• 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.
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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 sstratton@nvcs.stier.org

- After school appointments can easily be set up as well.