English/As Journalism

Excellence Academy Charter School
Middle School English/Journalism


What to Expect.

You will have tests at the end of each unit. Tests will be in multiple choice, matching, and short essay format. You will also have quizzes on skills that you are learning. After completing rough drafts of your stories, you will make a final, clean draft that will graded.
Often you will be asked to read newspapers, online news, articles, textbook chapters, etc.), conduct interviews, and compose stories for homework.

ENGLISH SKILLS: This is a practical English class. It incorporates all of the skills learned in English in a practical way that will be useful to scholars as they pursue careers that writing practical writing skills.

Class Objectives

Recognize the Objectives of the Class
1. Recognize that journalistic writing has a variety of purposes and functions.
2. Read, interpret, and respond to varied media.
3. Compose headlines, biographies, news and sports stories, features, and editorials.
4. Participate in a weekly newscast as a reporter, anchor, editor or director
5. Use technology for obtaining and reporting, and disseminating information.
6. Collaborate with classmates by sharing ideas and insights productively and respectfully, using critical thinking skills to make decisions and solve problems.
7. Appreciate the importance of the First Amendment and understand how it applies to student journalists and publications.
8. Understand that journalists have ethical, social, and moral responsibilities regarding what they disseminate.
9. Understand composition of photos and issues regarding their use.
10. Reading the Daily News-Nationally

  1. Daily Student News
  2. The News Star
  3. Monroe Free Press

Unit 1: What is Journalism?

  1. Journalism has many forms. Look at this list and be prepared to discuss the following kinds of journalism: Celebrity, Ambush, Sports, Investigative, Advocacy, Community, Citizen, Video
    1. Using the IPAD search for and share with the class examples of the above
    2. Some journalists report about activities in a generation. Show examples of magazines or articles that require generational journalism talents.
  2. Journalism is about getting facts and information to the public, accurately and factually. Watch this video. Take note of the steps included.
  3. Complete Acellus English Goals
  4. News story assignments/Rucker
  5. Where does news come from and who are the people who gather and report news?
    1. Getting accurate information-fast
    2. Treating information skeptically
    3. Researching Facts- Fact checking sources
      1. Professional Skepticism-Never believe what you are told
      2. Importance of fact checking
    4. Finding Knowledgeable sources
    5. Telling the story
    6. Seeking the truth even when it is difficult
  6. Comparing how stories are reported in various media
    1. Digital newspapers
    2. Printed Publications
    3. Ethnic Publications

Unit 2. Tools of the Trade

Learning to use the tools of the trade

Reporter’s Notebook

  1. Camera
  2. Video
  3. Digital Resources

Unit 3. Journalism and the law

First Amendment of the Constitution

  1. Student Journalist view of Freedom of the Press
  2. What is libel? First Amendment and Journalism The Plaintiff’s view as opposed to defenses against libel
  3. Do people have a right to privacy?
  4. Laws about newsgathering
  5. Obscenity, Violence, Indecency

Unit 4.   Skills reporters need in the Digital Era

         An overview of essential qualities of a good journalist

How a good reporter can recognize a good story unfolding

  • Sharpening communication skills, writing and speaking
  • Learning to analyze information and facts (Reading between the lines)
  • Perfecting language skills- Making it plain for the average person
  • Staying up on current events.
  • Developing networking skills (Sources on the inside)
  • Working under pressure –Making Deadlines
  • Passionate about the story of issue
  1. The Five W’s in Journalism
    1. Understanding the five W’s
    2. Understanding the Inverted Pyramid
    3. Writing leads
  2. Conducting an Interview as journalist
    1. What Tavis Smiley has to say about interviews

Unit 5. Print Journalism

  1. Print and digital news comparisons
  2. Video: What is the future of print journalism?
  3. Writing a News article
  4. Writing headlines
  5. Writing Editorials

Unit 6. Broadcast Journalism

  1. Broadcast journalist often tell the story with live or with video
    1. A look at historic events reported by broadcast journalist as they happened
  1. What one middle school journalism class did.

Unit 7. Photo Journalism

  1. Using the Camera to tell a story
  2. Looking for the angle
  3. Digital photography, camera or smart phone
  4. Writing photo captions