Journalism takes students through an exciting journey of understanding newspapers and their role in American history. At the same time, students will learn to be investigative reporters looking for clues to discover who, what, when, and where, as well as how and why. Students learn to write concisely and concretely as they write leads for their articles. Newspaper article writing is a perfect venue to learn to make your point quickly and follow through with relative details throughout the rest of the paper.
Journalism students will learn to focus their writing by the end of this course. Since students are creating articles that will be read, they learn to think of their audience, creating words that are interesting and readable.
They will write newspaper articles of all kinds: news, featured articles, columns, editorials, reviews, birth announcements, classified ads, and advertisements. In addition, we will learn to write headlines using the right sizes and fonts, as well as taking and using good photographs with just the right caption underneath.
The Journalism class will put together a newspaper and distribute it to family and friends.
We can’t forget literature. Students will read historical fiction novels this year. We will discuss each on in class.
- Textbook: Americana Newspaper Reporting by Meredith Curtis
- Newspapers (you can subscribe or just buy one once a week)
- Carry On Mr. Bowditch by Jean Latham
- John Treegate’s Musket by Leonard Wibberly
- The Journeyman by Elizabeth Yates
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
- Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
- Freckles by Gene Stratten Porter
- Julie by Catherine Marshall
- The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford