Welcome to Publications, a year-long elective course designed to provide students with a hands-on opportunity to develop and showcase their journalistic skills. Students will use their writing and composing skills to create published pieces in a variety of media. This may include, but is not limited to: the school yearbook, a newspaper, literary magazine, online publications, social media, and/or other class writing projects. Students will also be exposed to publications in the local, national, and global media. This is an exciting class that will give each of you an opportunity to contribute your creative abilities while working as a team to accomplish our goal—create publications that will appropriately capture the 2016-17 school year.

In short: this class will allow you to put your reading, writing, speaking, listening, and teamwork skills to good use! You’ll need to think creativity and thoughtfully create.

We have deadlines that must be met with our yearbook company (for financial and practicality reasons), it will be critical for you to be able to complete specific tasks in a timely manner.

PUBLICATIONS STUDENTS DO COOL STUFF!

Ø  Develop and apply basic journalism skills.

Ø  Demonstrate effective communication skills; oral and written.

Ø  Produce student publications such as:

o   The Titan Tube – our blog

o   The Titan Times – our newspaper

o   The Titan – our annual yearbook

o   Slideshows & newscasts – online & for end-of-the-year celebrations

Ø  Meet deadlines.

PUBLICATIONS STAFF WORK HARD ON THE JOB!

Journalists will be expected to come to class prepared and ready to apply their best effort to the projects in progress and meet deadlines. Each student will need to check and/or use Google calendar to ensure deadlines are clearly communicated and easily met.

REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS USE NEAT TOOLS!

Ø  Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher

Ø  Google Classroom, g-mail, Sites, Blogger, and Picasa

Ø  Digital cameras, flip cams, iPADs, flip notebooks, or other personal recording devices

 

 

DON’T FORGET YOUR. . .

Ø  Student Journalist Press Pass – YOU NEED IT TO LEAVE CLASS or ATTEND EVENTS

Ø  Pencil or Pen (blue or black in only)

Ø  Google account (provided securely by Sherwood School District)

Ø  Professionally appropriate attire (you’ll need to dress nicely when conducting an interview; wear comfy clothes when photographing to ensure you get the best shots!)

GRADING:

Students will need to demonstrate proficiency on final projects to earn their best grade.  Rubrics will help students to know what they need to do in order to demonstrate their learning.   This is a student-centered project-based learning class, meaning that students will need to complete their projects in order to be effectively graded.  If a student does not complete an assigned project, there is not enough evidence to assess their ability and therefore a zero will be given.

A - 90-100%

B - 80-89%

C - 70-79%

D - 51- 69%

F - 0-50%


GRADING DISTRIBUTION:

All final assignments will count toward 100% of the students’ grade

 

ZERO TOLORANCE FOR LATE WORK! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!

Work submitted after publication deadlines will not be published. See your editor for details!

 

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!

No extra credit will be offered in this class. Thanks in advance for doing your best every day!