4th quarter assignments

Journalism History Research Project, including Journalism Timeline assignment: Journalism History Biography Project

Hitting a New Target: Hitting a New Target article questions

Bellwork for 4/22 to 5/2: BW1: Describe your feelings regarding the tragic events of the past month. How were you affected by the news you heard? BW2: Describe any famous journalists you know. BW3: How do you determine that a Web site is reliable? BW4: Explain how you paraphrase information. BW5: Explain something interesting you learned about the journalist for your project.

Bellwork for 4/1 to 4/18:  BW1: Why is learning history important? BW2: What inventions expanded the dissemination of information throughout the world? How did those inventions accomplish that? BW3: Do you believe the government is telling you the truth? Explain why you think this way. BW4: Would you go overseas and report on the front lines of a war? BW5: Who is in charge of designing a newspaper? What is involved?

Bellwork to 3/7: BW1: Should this picture of a solider shooting another have been published?  BW2: What do you consider a “controversial photo”? When should controversial pictures be published? BW3: Describe a memorable photo that you have seen or that you took yourself. Why was it memorable? BW4: Edit this caption: Passengers aboard Stump Thumper,” an airbot helmed by Capt. Mike Kent, got an up-close view of a 7-foot-long crocodile during an airboat tour Dec 27 2012. The airboat is based at Everglades Holiday Park in unincorporated west broward county. park managers are trying to complete the first comprehensive overhaul of park rules and regulations in more then 30 years. BW5: Describe what you have learned about media law thus far.

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Midterm exam material

Midterms will take place the week of Jan. 14. We will be reviewing for the midterm Jan. 9 and 11. Here is the review: 1213 MS Journalism midterm review

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(Mis)spelling Bee

In honor of the schoolwide spelling bee, we had a class (mis)spelling bee with the most frequently misspelled words in the English language. As newspaper editors, we must be on the lookout for words that writers often misspell.

We will have our first spelling quiz on Dec. 20, with the words from A to D. Use the list below.

100 Frequently Misspelled Words

 

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Classroom Agenda for 2nd Quarter

11/9 Objectives: I will use vivid imagery to describe my dining experience in my restaurant review. READ: Show me your READ notebook: Should the gov’t fund stem cells? word chart and science experiment. BW5: Find a restaurant on Yelp or Urban Spoon. Based on the customer reviews, tell me why you might visit this place. Hand in 5 bellworks! CW: 1. Make sure you turned in 10 story ideas. 2. Finish your restaurant review draft. Rough draft due today. We will revise/edit on Wednesday. HW: none.

11/7 Objectives: I will use vivid imagery to describe my dining experience in my restaurant review. READ: Show me your READ notebook Should the gov’t fund stem cells? BW4: Describe what you liked about your dining experience. CW: 1. Make sure you turned in 10 story ideas. 2. Draft your restaurant review. HW: none.

11/2 Objectives: I will correctly identify the parts of a book review. 1. READ: Show me your TROOPS chart + essay 2. Word chart for: Should the gov’t fund stem cells? BW3: Describe what you did for Halloween…. CW: 1. Place in Book Reviews as “WilsonA_book” (Make sure to have short analysis of one review plus tips in the same file.) 2. Turn in Restaurant Review worksheet. 3. Make comments on each other’s book reviews — identify what they are missing. 4. Make sure you turned in 10 story ideas. HW: I’m grading the Prowler Final drafts 11/2. Visit a restaurant and bring notes by 11/7.

10/31 Objectives: I will correctly identify the parts of a book review. READ: 1. Show me your TROOPS chart + essay 2. Superstorm Sandy breaks records BW2: What are the effects of the “frankenstorm”? CW: 1. Place in Book Reviews as “WilsonA_book” (Make sure to have short analysis of one review plus tips in the same file.) 2. Turn in Restaurant Review worksheet to Ms. Ridal. 3. Make comments on each other’s book reviews — identify what they are missing. 4. Turn in 10 story ideas. HW: I’m grading the Prowler Final drafts 11/2. Visit a restaurant and bring notes by 11/7.

10/29 Objectives: I will learn the parts of a book review. READ: Write the essay: When should the U.S. send troops to other countries? Alternative essay: How does the media play a role in deciding public opinion about sending troops to other countries? BW1: What’s your favorite book or series? Why? CW: 1. the parts of a book review 2. Analyze professional reviews. 3. List steps to writing a book review. 4. Write a review. Place in Book Reviews as “WilsonA_book” HW: Complete book review for homework. Visit a restaurant and bring notes by 11/6.

 

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Welcome journalism students

Welcome to our site for your journalism class this year. Here you will find all the information you need to be successful in this course.

MS Journalism syllabus

HS Journalism syllabus

Please print out the following document verifying that you have reviewed the syllabus and shared the information with your parents:

Syllabus Acknowledgement Form

During the school year, the quickest way to reach me is through my school e-mail at missridal@gmail.com. You may also contact me at sridal@somersetacademy.com.

Not age 13 yet? You will need to fill out this form and have your parents sign it to use an e-mail address and Google Documents account during class.

Email under 13 consent form

 

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Journalism apps for the iPad, iPod

If you are interested in reading some great news articles or viewing powerful pictures and you own an iPad or an iPod, then check out the following apps.

AP News –(free) — iPad, iPod — I have an iPad, and I must say, I think the app is better on this device! You have the option to easily view stories, pictures, and videos on a decent-size screen.

Guardian Eyewitness — (free) — iPad — There are tons of beautiful images on this site, complete with photo captions and a note from the photographer on how the image was captured.

CNN — (free) — iPad, iPod — This is a photo- and video-friendly version of the online site. If you don’t watch CNN on TV, you can view stories from around the world using this site.

The Daily — (free for a limited time) — iPad — The layout of this app is fantastic and user-friendly with interactive graphics, pictures, and videos. They have great examples of what news layout should look like.

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