Journalism Syllabus

Journalism I-IV Syllabus

Amanda Beck
9th grade
Journalism I-IV
AmandaBeck@wcps.org
After schools: Wednesdays

I. Course Description:
Journalism I: This course focuses on the basic elements of newspaper, literary magazine, and yearbook writing and layout design with an emphasis on yearbook publication. The student will receive instruction in the use of a computer publication program. The student who elects to take this course should be genuinely interested in developing journalistic skills (which includes meeting deadlines) and becoming an active member of the school’s publication staff (which includes the selling of ads).

Journalism II: This course continues to focus on the basic elements of newspaper, literary magazine, and yearbook writing and layout design with an emphasis on yearbook publication. The student will receive instruction in the use of a computer publication program. The student who elects to take this course should be genuinely interested in developing journalistic skills (which includes meeting deadlines) and becoming an active member of the school’s publication staff (which includes the selling of ads).

Journalism III-IV: This course focuses on advanced design techniques and editing skills. The design techniques will be enhanced through use of a computer publication program. The students develop leadership skills enabling them to organize and manage time to achieve journalistic excellence through the entire publication process that also includes the selling of ads.

II. Materials Needed:
Supplies: 1 notebook, 1 folder, pen, pencils, camera if you have one

III. Classroom Rules:
All rules which are required by WCPS & SWHS will be enforced in class.  Additionally, students will need to be: in seats and prepared when class starts, be responsible and respectful of others, use of appropriate language, no food, drinks (except water), sleeping or cell phones will be allowed.  If students do not follow the above rules and rules set forth by WCPS &SWHS, parent/guardian will be notified and appropriate discipline action will take place.

IV. Grading Scale:
A = 90 – 100 D = 60 – 69 B = 80 – 89 F = Below 60 C = 70 – 79 *​ ​Note​ ​that​ ​final​ ​exams​ ​count​ ​as​ ​20%​ ​of​ ​the​ ​student’s​ ​final​ ​grade

V. Grading Weights/Percentages:
40% all major tests, projects, essays
25% quizzes
20% classwork/homework
15% journals, class participation

VI. Attendance:
Students having more than six (6) unexcused absences for this class period will be in immediate jeopardy of not receiving credit for the course.

Students must be present a minimum of one hour to be counted present for the class period.

Students have five (5) student days to turn in makeup work immediately upon their return to school.

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