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Christopher Walken Grizzly Adams Middle School

Call the Press Activity Grade: 8

Call the Press


Start Date: 10/21/13 End Date: 10/25/13 Topic: News Report/ Ice Breaker Assignment Aims (TEKS): (1) Understanding the communication process. he student demonstrates a know!edge o" communication. he student is e#pected to$ %A& Recogni'e and e#p!ain the importance o" communication in socia!( academic( ci)ic( and pro"essiona! ro!es* %B& Identi"+ the re!ated components o" the communication process* %,& Identi"+ standards o" making communication choices considering appropriateness "or se!"( !istener( occasion( and task* (6) ,reating and imagining. he student uses imagination and creati)it+ to prepare and per"orm )arious t+pes o" !iterature. %A& Use imagination to p!an( organi'e( and te!! stories* %B& Use appropriate )er-a! and non)er-a! ski!!s to share stories* %,& .e!ect( ana!+'e( adapt( interpret( and rehearse a )ariet+ o" !iterar+ se!ections* %/& Use e""ecti)e group decision0making ski!!s in group per"ormances* %1& Use appropriate )er-a! and non)er-a! ski!!s in indi)idua! or group interpretations o" !iterature* and %2& Use appreciati)e and critica!0!istening ski!!s to respond appropriate!+ to c!ass( pu-!ic( or media per"ormances. his writing assignment gi)es me a chance to see how the+ write( what I need to "ocus more on teaching( what I need to "ocus !ess on( and what the+ need to !earn. Le el: 3re0Intermediate and a-o)e !ntrod"ction: /uring this lesson, students will go through the process of developing ideas and collecting and organizing information. They will then use the information to create an imaginary magazine article, which they will have to creatively design and write themselves. Activity and Pre-Writing Tasks: Students will be pretending to be paparazzi, working for a local magazine company. As the press, they have a

Christopher Walken Grizzly Adams Middle School

Call the Press Activity Grade: 8

partner, whom I assign, and will need to come up with some details about their magazine: 0 The name of their magazine e!. "ets #eekly$ 0 And the %uestions they would like to ask their partner e!. #hen did you first notice this& 'ow did you react&$ I will put up some sample %uestions on the board, but it is their (ob to decide the %uestions that would best suit their article and their magazine. Procedure for Article: 0 After students have thought of their %uestions, they will get into their pairs and the interview process will begin. As they take notes, they should already be seeing where they want this article)s focus to be. 0 After getting to know their partner, students can now formulate the draft of their paper, setting up their introduction, body, details, and conclusion. 0 *nce the students have written their draft reports they will be asked to e!change them with another student and give out the +ditor,s checklist -elow$. The students then use this to check through each other,s work and write on any comments or suggestions for improvement. 0 They will write a total of three drafts. first draft, second draft, and final draft. The drafts are completely peer reviewed. Editor's checklist: /Is the information grouped into logical paragraphs& /Are the paragraphs in a logical order& /Is there any unnecessary information& /Is any necessary information missing& /Are there any parts that you can,t understand& /Are a lot of the same words repeated& /0an more precise words be used& /Is there too much repetition of linkers like and, but, then etc& /1o all the verbs agree with their sub(ects& e!. she, are, is 2$ /'ave articles the, a, an$ been used correctly& /'ave the correct verb forms been used& /Is the punctuation correct& /'ave all the words been spelt correctly& Peer Review: All of their drafts are peer reviewed, which means that their partners and3or other class mates will be editing them. I will walk through the editing process with them, but I will not be editing their papers until the final draft is turned in.

Christopher Walken Grizzly Adams Middle School

Call the Press Activity Grade: 8

Co er Pa#e: he co)er page o" their maga'ine wi!! -e done some in c!ass and some "or homework. he+ wi!! need to make the maga'ine co!or"u! and eas+ to read. he use o" rea! maga'ines( cra+ons( markers( g!itter( etc. wi!! work 4ust "ine.