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In California, this course has program status for Elective (g) as a California Partnership Academies (CPA) a-g course. CPA teachers wishing to add any CPA program status a-g course to their school's official course list must participate in a half-day course-specific training offered through CDE. Journalism introduces students to the purpose, history, and importance of journalism as a form of written, oral, and visual communication. Students develop and apply their writing skills in assignments and projects involving. Strong emphasis is placed on knowledge of critical thinking and journalistic writing techniques, application of writing principles, professionalism and ethnics in the context of writing and producing a school newspaper and other publications, and the development of college and career readiness knowledge and skills. Author: Please contact Patricia Clark, Director of Teaching and Learning at CCASN, for more information:

Expected Student Outcomes/Objectives

There are a variety of student outcomes and objectives provided in the course outline. In general, each student will acquire the following enduring understandings:
➢ A free press is a founding principle of journalism and democracy.
➢ Journalists write with different purposes in mind.
➢ Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth
➢ There is a process to gathering news.
➢ People rely on a variety of resources to obtain information
➢ Listening and accurate note-taking skills are critical for learning to write accurate news articles.
➢ Journalism is in its essence a discipline of verification.
➢ Journalists must maintain an independence from those they cover
➢ Writing, editing, and revising are essential to effective journalism.
➢ Journalists strive to make the significant interesting and relevant
➢ Effective written communication and proper usage of grammar and mechanics promote fluency of communication.
➢ Ethics are essential in journalism and life.

Description of Activities

There are various and detailed student activities provided in the course outline. In general, a variety of strategies and techniques are used to instruct the students. These include the following:
• Writing to Learn
• Writing Exercises and Projects related to essential elements of journalism
• Reading and analysis of professional journalism articles, reviews, and editorials
• Extensive writing in a variety of journalistic genres
• Collaborative learning
• Project-based learning, including a variety of journalism projects
• Journal/blog entries
• Lectures and modeling
• Oral presentations, including Multimedia presentations, by teacher and by students
• Field trips and guest speakers (including Skype speakers and consultants)
• Workshops and master classes
• Journalism Seminars & Discussions
• Journalism practicum
• Interviews
• Development of Journalism Portfolio
• Class discussion and Socratic dialogue
• Case studies,, scenarios, and profiles in journalism
• Graphic organizers
• Conferencing
• Computer assisted instruction
• Research

Culminating Activity and/or Assessment

Journalism Studies Portfolios, which include all major assignments, self-assessments and reflections, evidence of progress toward mastery of essential standards, etc.

Instructional Materials Needed

Textbooks and periodicals

Instructional Materials Provided

Detailed course description and lesson plan; provides student assignments, instructional methods, and assessments; links to additional resources

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Additional criteria

Curriculum type: Course

Academic subject areas: Interdisciplinary; English; Career-Technical Education; Career Exploration

States' Career Clusters: Arts, Audio-Video Technology, Communications

California Industry sector(s): Arts, Media, and Entertainment

Duration: 1 year

Grade Targets: 10, 11, 12

Levels of Expertise for CTE: Capstone/Advanced, Concentration/Skill building

Targeted Support Material: Industry Involvement

Standards Addressed: Detailed documentation of alignment with Common Core, NGSS, C3 or CTE Standards provided

Professional Development Requirements/Recommendations: CPA teachers wishing to add any CPA program status a-g course to their school's official a-g course list must participate in a half-day course-specific training offered through CDE.

Keywords: journalism, writing, news, technology, ethics, periodicals

Source: Colleague

Organization/Publisher: California Partnership Academy (CPA)

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