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This 14 page posting offers a chronological order of lessons, by quarter, to teach beginning journalism students the basic concepts of journalistic writing such as What is News?, the various structures and genres of journalistic
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Journalism: Analyzing Newspaper Leads and Articles This is a packet of templates for students to analyze various types of leads and articles studied in Journalism 1 (J1), the introductory course that supports the publication of a school
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One vital aspect of being a successful reporter is learning how and where to find factual information. With this activity, students will use any source that they can, i.e. the internet, the telephone, in-person interviews, etc., to figure out the
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During the study of various aspects of journalism (Facts vs. Fiction, interviewing and reporting, investigative reporting and journalism ethics), I show the following movies: Absence of Malice, All the President's Men, Shattered Glass and The
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This is a 21 question (many questions with multiple points) scavenger hunt where students use their reporting skills to find answers to questions about the First Amendment, the Code of Ethics for the Society of Professional Journalists, information
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Reporting Practice Assignment Teacher Notes: This is an excellent activity for students to practice interviewing techniques, to write effective leads, and to write straight news stories. Here are some of the directions: Students: For this
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Helping students to understand that print and broadcast journalists follow a code of ethics formed by the Society of Professional Journalists, is crucial to their growth and development as journalists. Whether they are taking journalism just to be
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This product offers students a chance to research and discuss some of the people and events from the McCarthy Era for study prior to the viewing of the movie, "good night, and good luck". It also includes eight open-ended questions for post-viewing
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This bundle for Middle School and High School aspiring journalists contains 13 journalism activities that are sold separately. Here, teachers can purchase them all for a 25% off the total cost of the separate prices. Included are Journalism Whole
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Before Middle and High School journalism students write their first news, feature, sports story or editorial... Before Middle and High School journalism students even write a lead... Before Middle and High School journalism students compose that
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Consistency in articles and layout is the key for producing quality high school newspapers. The two rubrics posted here are used by the staff on The Stinger, our school newspaper. After compiling student feedback, I chose to focus on the points
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In order for students to become credible journalists who produce effective news stories, they must learn how to ferret out the sources and the facts that they need for their stories. For this activity, "Journalism - Research and Interviewing
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One of the most important tasks journalism teachers face is helping students to understand the difference between writing a regular non-fiction piece and a journalistic article. This activity "Mapping the Story: WHAT'S THE BUZZ?" gives beginning
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Journalism: SLANTED ANALYZING & WRITING ACTIVITIES In order for Middle School and High School students to become credible journalists who produce effective news stories, they must learn how to ferret out reliable sources and facts for their
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

After 30+ years as an English educator, I retired from active classroom teaching a few years ago. I spent my last 25 years in the Fairfax County Virginia public school system, where I taught English 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, Journalism 1,2,3, and 4 and Creative Writing 1, 2, and 3. For over a dozen years, I also sponsored two of the school's award winning publications: the literary magazine and the monthly newspaper. As a result of the Teacher Performance Evaluation instituted by the county, I was awarded the prestigious Career Two Exemplary level for every evaluation period. Besides the public high school venue, my teaching background includes an alternative secondary school for behaviorally disadvantaged adolescents, an adolescent psychiatric hospital, and a boys' reform school. Proud of being an educator, I have always hated the negative cliches tied to this most honorable profession. Through my writing and my classroom role modeling, I showed that not only did I teach, but I also practiced what I preached. Now, as I continue to develop curriculum for those still leading classrooms, I follow all that I learned in college and post-graduate studies but mostly as an educator passionate to create lifelong learners. My book, The House of Comprehension, published by Compass, an imprint of Brigantine Media is based on Common Core Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy. The program and accompanying activities, each with Teacher Notes, encourage students to construct durable learning homes by combining the study of the elements of literature with any text. This teacher resource is available in my TpT store: The House of Comprehension. I have also published, A FINE LINE, my Young Adult book about teen dating abuse, ConnieCasserly, and a number of articles in various NCTE publications. Veteran teachers and those new to the field can utilize the hands-on units and activities in my store while honing their skills on how to pace a lesson, meet their students needs as well as Common Core Standards and/or their state's standards of learning and Bloom's Taxonomy.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My lessons are both structured and open-ended as I understand adolescents need academic organization as well as open discussions where they share their thinking and analytic skills. Whether learners are discussing the elements of literature, a book's nuances, figurative language, and subtext, or utilizing their grammar and writing skills as they revise their pieces or strengthen their cognitive skills, they are guided by lessons and activities that engage, inspire and challenge them. All of my products follow my three-pronged teaching approach: Show Me, Help Me, Let Me. Creative writing and journalism students are encouraged to think outside the box to come up with original stories,poems or journalism articles that stretch their minds and writing skills. Every lesson and activity in my TpT store invites students to explore ways to provoke their minds, to assess others' viewpoints, and to believe in the merit of their own thoughts, interpretations and ideas, verbally and in writing. For my classroom colleagues, I offer the Gift of Time with flexible lessons and activities that address students' skills and abilities, tie together the objectives and the material they will study, and propose a variety of learning styles and teaching methods. All of my products promote my teaching philosophy: Teach It Write Build Powerful Academic Homes.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Six times during my career I have been included in the Who's Who Among America's Teachers yearly annuals. These tributes mean a great deal to me since they show that I have touched the minds and hearts of my charges. I have also been honored with inclusions in Marquis Who's Who of American Women three times.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BS.ED: Indiana University of Pennsylvania Graduate Work: Multiple credits from the University of Virginia and George Mason University.

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For blog updates, stop in at my site's Facebook page: TeachitWriteLessonPlans My blogs about educational issues can be found on Linkedin Connie Casserly I'd love to read your feedback. Find me on Pinterest conniecass and on Twitter TeachitNow Happy Teaching, Connie

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