Friday, September 27, 2013

Reading Response #2 and Personal Writing Cont.

Agenda for today:

1. Opening Moment: Niko

  • Opening Moment Grading Info
2. Book Response #2 in Reading Groups
After book discussions, create a list of questions you would like to ask the authors of the books you are reading. Each group should come up with 2-3 questions for each author. Questions should be focused on the book's subject matter, the author's writing of the book, research done, etc.

3. Brainstorm interview questions for personality profile: Interview questions and answers are due next class.

4. If you haven't completed your first personal writing piece (My Favorite Mistake) you need to do so for next class.

HW: Interviews completed and first draft of "My Favorite Mistake"

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Career Profile Brainstorming and Personal Writing

Agenda for Today:

1. Mrs. Bennell is going to come in to talk to us about possible profile interviews.

2. Philip and Sommer opening moment

3. As an introduction to reflective writing, we will be doing an activity centered around a "Favorite  Mistake."

4. Work on creating interview questions and reading response- due next class!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Silent Conversation and Personality Profile First Draft

Goals and agenda for today:

  1. Philip Opening Moment
  2. Silent Conversation: 
    • follow this link to a New York Times article on the dangers of young people playing football: .
    • Post a comment to this post that does one of the following:
      • agrees/disagrees with something that is being said in the article (reference at least one passage)
      • makes a personal connection to your life and experiences (reference at least one passage)
      • References the comments of another person- builds off of them, challenges them, agrees with them, etc.
  3. Pair and share personality profiles
  4. Reading time
HW: Choose a person for your career profile and set up an interview time

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Reading Response #1 and Personality Profiles

Goals and agenda for today:

  • Opening moment: Cam
  • Meet in reading groups to discuss your book and your first reading response
    • Group 1: Chandler B, Adam, Spencer, Jimmy
    • Group 2: Sommer, Sydney, Paul, Philip
    • Group 3: Cam, Niko, Quinn, Chanler
    • Group 4: Cody, Evan, Kyle, Michael, Ben
  • Spend the the rest of the period working on interviews and/or writing the first draft of your personality profile...due next class!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Commenting Guidelines and Interview Strategies

Blog Post #2:
What do you think goes into a good interview? What do you think makes a good interview question?You may use a combination of personal experiences and online resources to help answer these questions. If you use information online, don't forget to cite! 1-2 paragraphs.

  1. Next step: visit 3 people's blogs and ask them each a good interview question. 
  2. Reply to the questions you get asked on your own blog! 

Goals for today:

  • Create some guidelines for commenting etiquette 
  • Spend some time reading and commenting on one another's blogs
  • Discuss strategies for interviewing
  • Begin writing interview questions....have interviews done for next class!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Post #1: Blog Set-Up and What is Journalism?

Step #1:Go here to see instructions for how to set up your blog.   Send Ms. Leavitt an email with your blog address

Step #2: The first post to your new blog is to explore what journalism means to you.  Some directions you can take this prompt include (but you are not limited to):

  • What does journalism look like?
  • Is there "good" or "bad" journalism?
  • Where do you see journalism in your life?
  • Talk about journalists you pay attention to.
  • Why are you interested in journalism?
  • What are you curious to learn more about in terms of this class? Journalism in general?
150-200 words.

Step #3: Check out Ms. Peterson's class blog for a fantastic opening moment example!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Welcome Bloggers!

Journalism is all about audience. Journalists are constantly testing the waters of the world around them to figure out ...what do people care about? What should they care about? What do we need them to care about? Their job depends on them being able to understand and capture an audience. This blog will be our chance navigate this very challenge. Our audience? Each other (and Ms. Peterson's journalism class). It will be your opportunity to share the information you uncover---note: this isn't just information you already know, this class is about discovery. You'll be writing to make all of us think, question, and smile. Good luck journalists; may the odds ever be in your favor.