Publications Class Information

Welcome to Publications, a year-long elective course designed to provide students with a hands-on opportunity to develop and showcase their journalistic skills, while producing Sherwood Middle School’s Crossbow Newspaper and the school-wide yearbook. 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: producing The Crossbow, mixed media/photography, the yearbook and/or other class writing projects. Students will also be exposed to many aspects of the business & marketing realm of a school paper and yearbook sales. 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—communicating important information with our staff and students and creating a legacy book that will capture the amazing 2016 - 2017 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 creatively and thoughtfully create. We have deadlines that must be met with print shop and our yearbook production company (for financial and practicality reasons), and it is critical for you to be able to complete specific tasks in a timely manner.



PUBLICATIONS STUDENTS DO COOL STUFF!


--Develop and apply basic journalism skills.

--Demonstrate effective communication skills; oral and written.

--Demonstrate and improve technology & photography skills.

--Apply and interview for various leadership roles (Editor-in-Chief, Section Editors, Photograph manager, Copy Editors, etc.)

--Design pages for the yearbook and develop graphic design skills.

--Meet deadlines.


PUBLICATIONS STUDENTS 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.  Students need to know how to use their Google Gmail account, and will be required to communicate in person, on the phone, and via e-mail with peers and adults in the community.


EACH STUDENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN WORK AND MEETING ALL DEADLINES.


REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS USE NEAT TOOLS!


--Microsoft Publisher, Word, PowerPoint, and StudioWorks (yearbook software)

--Google G-mail, Sites, Blogger, and Picasa

--Social Media tools (Twitter, Facebook)

-- Digital cameras, flip cams, iPADs, or other personal recording devices


DON’T FORGET YOUR. . .


--Student Journalist Press Pass

--Pencil or Pen (blue or black in only)

--Google account with login and password MEMORIZED (provided securely by Sherwood School District)

--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. Their letter grade will be a Pass or Fail (with proficient being Pass).  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.


Grades are based on the following proficiency scale:


Advanced: 9.0 –10

Proficient: 8.0 – 8.9

Nearly Proficient: 7.0 – 7.9

Progressing: 6.0 – 6.9

No Evidence: 5.9 - below

INTERVENTIONS:


Students are offered interventions when additional strategies are needed to help them achieve proficiency or completion of tasks as determined by classroom assessments/projects.

EXTENSIONS:


Students demonstrating advanced proficiency are offered extension projects to address individual rate and level of learning.

 

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