Attleboro High School English/Journalism Instructor
Welcome to Apprentice Journalism

This course will teach you the fundamentals of writing for a newspaper, improve your grammar, punctuation, and capitalization, introduce you to online publishing, explain constructive peer editing (you'll be an expert at proofreading symbols), drive you crazy with writing links, links, and more links, allow you to analyze articles written by other high school students, and begin to teach you the ART of putting a paper "to bed."

Benefits of this course:
1.You will become a better student.
2. Wonderful writing will flow from your brain to your fingertips.
You will CREATE!
3. You will have FUN!
4. You will become more organized!
5. You will become more disciplined about your work.
Deadlines will be a part of your vocabulary!
6. Editing will become second nature!
7. You will smile a lot!
8. You will consider future internships/workshops.
9. You will absolutely know the 5 "W's"
10. You will have more FUN!

Assignments and deadlines will usually be posted on this site, so if you're absent check this site for homework assignments. I suggest you "bookmark" the site address now before you forget it.

This is a fun, informative, and productive course. I hope you enjoy it.

January 29, 2002 Assignment #1 Find a lengthy news article of interest to you, either from a newspaper or an online newspaper. Be prepared to summarize it orally in class. Make sure you can answer these questions:
What is the main idea?
What connection does the headline have to the story?
Who wrote it?
What type of news is it? (political, sports, etc.)
Who or what is the story referring to?
Where does the story take place?
When did the story take place?
List at least three main details.
In your opinion why was the story important enough to make the newspaper?

The 5 "W's" + How

January 31, 2002 Assignment #2/3: Creatively fill out the answers to the 5 "W's" + How. Swap papers and write a detailed news article that would be newsworthy from your peer's answers. Turn in the two papers on Feb. 1, 2002.
For example:
1. Who? Mr. Crumbcake and Johnny
2. What? Theft: The missing cupcakes
3. When? Saturday, January 8, 2002 8 PM
4. Where? Park School Auditorium
5. Why? Someone or something was hungry
6. How? Details of what the police uncovered

Class assignments: Read Chapter 1 in Journalism Today
List vocabulary from page 3 in your "Vocabulary" section of your 3-ring notebook.

Be sure to spend at least five minutes a day
finding out what is going on in the news
on a local, state, national, and international level.
Be prepared to answer questions on possible topics/issues in class.

Handouts: "Career Profile: Journalism Professor and Critic: Ben Bagdikian" from Journalism Today [class discussion], "School Cheating Scandal Tests a Town's Values" by Jodi Wilgoren, The New York Times [class discussion].
"Putting a Wrap on the Games." Source:
Homework: Research and write an article based on one person or event listed in the "Putting a Wrap on the Games" article. *****[Due: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002]*****

Ethics: a system of moral principles.
Censorship: the restriction or suppression of matrial by an authority.
Libel: written defamation; damaging false statements, which appear in writing.

Feb. 25, 2002
The next subject this course will cover is "Ethics," the backbone of all journalists (Chapter 2). The Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics will be discussed thoroughly and rewritten/reworded for a high school newspaper beat. Censorship will be discussed, as well as the Hazelwood Decision. Libel law, usually a civil action, not a crime, will be introduced.
Excerpts from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and 1984 by George Orwell will be discussed.
The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000 as compiled by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association, will also be shared and explored. which one do you find the most absurd?

Discussion of Freedom of the Press will include Franklin Deleanor Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms," and American artist Norman Rockwell's interpretation of them.

Assignment due Tuesday, March 5:
Research information on one of the "Four Freedoms" in preparation for a feature story. Have your notes and rough draft ready for Tuesday.
Peer critiquing will be completed on Tuesday,
Final paper will be due on Friday, March 8, 2002. Make sure it is typed, double spaced, has a title, answers the "5 W's + How," and has been spell-checked.

Grading Period IV ends. Reports will be distributed on March 28.

This term, NO assignments will be accepted late, due to the numerous assignments NOT turned in during the first grading period, or turned in weeks after they were due. Incompletes may still be completed within 24 hours of the paper being returned to you. Please remember, I will NOT chase you for the assignment. I am available most days after school for help, catch-up if you've been absent, or a conference. My planning period is H Block, and I can usually be found in my room. Make an appointment to be sure.

Are you a didactic learner? Do you learn quickly from experience?

March 8, 2002 Test on Chapters 1 & 2
March 11-13 Scavenger Hunt Presentations
March 14 -18 Controversial Team Debates
March 18 Begin Chapter 3 "Deciding What is News"
Read textbook pages 58-69 Class discussion
March 21 Textbook: Read pages 69-78 Ans. Ques. 2, 5, 7. Class discussion
March 25 Evacuation Day information check re "UnderFire" Journal
March 25-29 Weather Presentations
March 27 Packet work pages 25-27
March 28 Surveys (group work)
March 28 Boston Globe vs Boston Herald
April 1, 2002 Begin the movie Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Handout with questions (due: April 2, April 3), new scene/chapter re question 12 (due:April 8), essay (due: April 10), and article (due: April 12).
If you were absent for the movie, it can be rented from any video store or borrowed from a local library. You may come after school this week and see it, but be sure to make an appointment.

Spring Break

April 24, 2002 Notebook Check: particular attention paid to the "Under Fire" Journal and Vocabulary sections.
April 22, 2002 Chapter 5 pg 98-115. Subject: "The Interview"
April 29, 2002 Choose a famous individual from the list given and find three sources on that person. Bring in the information to class. Due: May 1, 2002.
April 28 - May 3, 2002 Work on famous person articles re notes, outline (Inspiration). Interview a peer: create the questions, write up an interview using either method (Q and A or feature style), and then do an oral presentation.
April 30, 2002 Question 7 from page 115 in textbook due today.
May 6-10, 2002 Continue interview presentations. Work on individualized oral book projects.
May 13-17, 2002 Present book reports. MCAS week: schedule will be very flexible.
May 17, 2002
This assignment is very, very important!Your article may be published by the AHS Eagle's Eye. Long list of possible topics to choose from.
This is due Wednesday, May 22.
The Eagle's Eye staff will read the articles and pick the best for publication in the final edition of the school newspaper this year.
May 20 - 24, 2002
Finish any oral presentations.
Continuation of famous person articles.(Outline: Inspiration)
Work on final drafts of Eagle's Eye articles.

May 28 - 31
Finish articles for Eagle's Eye; Test on Chapters 5 and 6.
June 3 - 7, 2002
Textbook: Chapter 7 - "Writing News Stories and Headlines" + Stylebook (pages 505-540)
Vocabulary to go into Notebook, along with any notes taken in class. Worksheets: 73-80, 82-84. Read all. Do: 75, 77, 78, 79, 83, and 84.
June 10 - 14, 2002
Textbook: Chapter 20 - "The Impact of Technology"
Vocabulary goes into your notebook. Do Ques. 3 on page 501.
Worksheets: 275-289
Note: Finals are June 18 (F block) and June 19 (E block)

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