Lesson Plans
Journalism 4th Q 02.03 Lesson Plans
Week: 03/24/2003 Instructor: Duane Hannan Academics
Intro to class--course description, outcomes.
Types of journalism--print, broadcast . . .
The straight news story: inverted pyramid writing, the lead--defined, examples (discuss qualities of examples); read p.p. 1-6 (no boxed text)through second column, "Inside High School Journalism (IHSJ), questions: whyat three qualities of news stories serve to make news stories easier to read? what should the reader get in the "first few sentences"?, what tells the reader where the information came from?, what's a statement "without attribution"?, how can the writer prevent news stories from sounding old?.
Review reading/questions.
Getting information from a source--fire story activity: initial questioning, follow-up questioning, lead writing.
Types of news stories--advance, spot news . . ., read p.p. 6-11, IHSJ (no boxed text), write two leads from a-e, p.p. 13-14.
Review leads (three).
Inverted pyramid writing--defined, examples (discuss qualities of the examples); write the body of one of the three leads; type.
Review writings.
Review questions.
Find and analyze news leads--what questions are answered? what type of story is it? list attributes in story.

Media studies--the effects of news coverage: Robert Siegle speech (Robert Siegel, host of NPR's All Things Considered, outlines his observations on how the media contributes to the knowledge and ignorance of the American public in his speech, "NPR News: From Daily Reports to the Coverage of Crisis." (Originally broadcast on Midday, March 5, 2003.)--http://access.mpr.org/mprpresents/, questions.
Video--"All the Presidents Men".