M/J Journalism 1   (#1006000)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

Version Description

The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop fundamental skills in the production of journalism across print, multimedia, web, and broadcast/radio platforms and to become aware of journalism history, careers, ethics use, and management techniques related to the production of journalistic media.  Some activities may be required outside of the school day.

General Notes

Instructional Practices: Teaching from well-written, grade-level instructional materials enhances students' content area knowledge and also strengthens their ability to comprehend longer, complex reading passages on any topic for any purpose. Using the following instructional practices also helps student learning.

  1. Reading assignments from longer text passages, as well as shorter ones when text is extremely complex.
  2. Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.
  3. Asking high-level, text-specific questions and requiring high-level, complex tasks and assignments.
  4. Requiring students to support answers with evidence from the text.
  5. Providing extensive text-based research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).

Version Requirements

The content should include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • demonstrating entry-level skills in telling stories and providing reports and choosing appropriate platforms/mediums of print, multimedia, online, and broadcast/radio
  • demonstrating fundamental skills in layout design, organization/management skills, and use of technology for the successful production of journalistic media
  • using fundamental research skills and networking formats collaboration amongst peers, especially during the drafting and practicing stages
  • demonstrating awareness of the varied careers within the multiple formats of 21st century journalism

      General Information

      Course Number: 1006000
      Course Path:
      Abbreviated Title: M/J JOURN 1
      Course Length: Year (Y)
      Course Type: Elective Course
      Course Level: 2
      Course Status: Course Approved
      Grade Level(s): 6,7,8

      Educator Certifications

      One of these educator certification options is required to teach this course.

      Student Resources

      Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this course.

      Original Student Tutorials

      Investigating Essential and Nonessential Elements: Part Two:

      Investigate essential and nonessential elements in a sentence. In Part Two of this two-part series, you'll learn about essential and nonessential phrases and clauses and how to use commas with nonessential phrases and clauses in a sentence.

      Please complete Part One before beginning Part Two. Click HERE to launch Part One. 

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Investigating Essential and Nonessential Elements: Part One:

      Investigate essential and nonessential elements in a sentence in this two-part, interactive tutorial series. In Part One, you'll learn about appositives and how to use commas with appositives when they provide nonessential information in a sentence.

      When you're done, make sure to complete Part Two. Click HERE to launch Part Two.

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Mysterious Punctuation: The Dash -- Part Two:

      Investigate a mysterious punctuation mark--the dash--in this interactive, two-part tutorial. In this series, you'll learn about two types of dashes and their different uses. In Part Two, you'll learn about the em dash and practice using it correctly.

      We recommend that you complete Part One first! Click HERE to launch Part One.

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      Mysterious Punctuation: The Dash -- Part One :

      Investigate a mysterious punctuation mark--the dash--in this interactive, two-part tutorial. In this series, you'll learn about two types of dashes and their different uses. In Part One, you'll learn about the en dash and practice using it correctly. In Part Two, you'll learn about the em dash and practice using it correctly. We hope by the end of this series that the dash will no longer be quite so mysterious!

      Make sure to complete Part Two! Click HERE to launch Part Two.

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Mysterious Punctuation Marks: The Ellipsis:

      Check out a mysterious punctuation mark . . . the ellipsis . . . in this interactive, English Language Arts tutorial. You'll learn a number of different uses for the ellipsis and apply what you learn to practice using the ellipsis correctly.

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Mysterious Punctuation Marks: Commas:

      Don't be mystified by commas! This interactive tutorial will help you better understand how to correctly use this often mysterious punctuation mark. You'll learn several ways commas are commonly misused to help make sure you don't make these same mistakes in your own writing. Then, you'll learn several ways to correctly use a comma. 

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Mysterious Punctuation Marks: Apostrophes:

      Check out a mysterious punctuation mark--the apostrophe--in this interactive tutorial. You'll learn several important rules and guidelines to help you demystify this punctuation mark so you can use it correctly in your own writing. 

       

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Mysterious Punctuation: Investigating Commas :

      Learn a number of important rules that will help you master the mysterious comma. In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn how commas are used to separate three or more items in a series and to “set off” certain aspects of a sentence.

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Vocabulary Unleashed:

      Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms in this interactive tutorial! You'll practice the words' synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in order to add them to your vocabulary.

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Denotation and Connotation in "Fire and Ice":

      Explore the poem "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost and learn about denotation and connotation. In this interactive tutorial, you will examine the impact of word choice on the meaning of a poem. 

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Fixing Run-on Sentences:

      Learn to recognize and fix one of the most common grammar errors—the run-on sentence—as you complete this interactive tutorial.

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Capitalization: A Crash Course:

      Learn the rules of capitalization in this interactive tutorial!  By the end, you'll have undergone a "crash course" in correct capitalization.  

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Vocabulary Mastery:

      Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms in this interactive tutorial!  You'll practice the words' synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in order to add them to your vocabulary.  

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Vocabulary Power:

      Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms in this interactive tutorial!  You'll practice the words' synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in order to add them to your vocabulary.  

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Vocabulary in Action:

      Learn 12 new academic vocabulary terms using synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in this interactive tutorial.  

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Plagiarism: What Is It? How Can I Avoid It?:

      Learn more about that dreaded word--plagiarism--in this interactive tutorial that's all about citing your sources and avoiding academic dishonesty!

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      A Closer Look: Understanding Themes in Poetry:

      Learn to identify and understand themes in poetry in this interactive tutorial.  This skill will bolster your ability to read and analyze poetry, and along the way you will read several classic poems and learn about diction and imagery.

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Descriptive Sentences: How to Make Your Writing Roar:

      Learn to distinguish sentence fragments from simple sentences in this African safari-themed, interactive tutorial. You will also learn the difference between adjectives and adverbs and how you can use them to make your writing more interesting.

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Commas, Commas, Everywhere!:

      Review common uses of the comma and learn how it can be properly used to set off nonrestrictive elements--like phrases and words--in a sentence. This interactive tutorial will also give you the chance to complete practice activities to check your understanding.

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      What's for Lunch?:

      Learn how writers and speakers create arguments by stating a claim and backing it up with reasons and evidence. In this interactive tutorial, you'll hear speeches from candidates for Student Council President and complete practice exercises.

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Explain Yourself: Organizing Your Writing:

      Learn the differences between informative and argumentative writing and how to organize your informative writing to make it more effective as you complete this interactive tutorial.

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Arguments: Making Claims & Using Evidence:

      Learn to evaluate argumentative claims based on evidence with this interactive tutorial.  You'll also learn about statistics, facts, expert quotations, and anecdotes, and how each kind of evidence can strengthen an argument.  

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Weighing the Evidence: Supporting Claims in Arguments:

      In this interactive tutorial, you'll study written arguments and look at four kinds of evidence that can be used to support an argumentative claim: facts, statistics, anecdotes, and expert quotations.  

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Do You Want to Build a Story?:

      Learn how to write the exposition of a story and build characters, setting, conflict, and more using the power of your imagination in this interactive tutorial!  

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Solving Word Mysteries: Context Clues and Word Parts:

      Learn to find the meanings of "mysterious" words by analyzing context clues, word roots, prefixes, and suffixes in this interactive tutorial.

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      State Your Claim:

      Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text…

      This tutorial is about stating a claim in an argumentative essay.  The tutorial includes information about grabbers, central ideas, and previewing reasons in a claim.

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Mission Possible: Finding the Theme:

      Learn how to summarize a story based on its details, determine a story's theme, and understand the differences between the two in this detective-themed, interactive tutorial.

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Why the Attitude?:

      Learn to determine the meaning of figures of speech, like similes and metaphors, that authors use in poetry. You will also be able to analyze how these word choices reveal an author’s tone, or attitude, in a poem. You will also be able to analyze how these word choices reveal an author’s tone, or attitude, in a poem. 

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Going Pro: Mastering Pronouns:

      Better understand pronouns and how they are used. You'll also learn how to use two of the most commonly confused pronouns - who and whom. You will need to bring your A-game for this basketball-themed, interactive tutorial.

      Type: Original Student Tutorial

      Tutorials

      Hints about Print: Evaluating Print Resources :

      Use this interactive tutorial to explore how to select print resources for a research assignment. The tutorial demonstrates tips on how to evaluate the author, select images, and use text features to gather information prior to writing. To get started, click on the Go to Demo arrow to learn more about these tips, then select the Try It arrow to download a worksheet that will allow you to use these tips on your own project.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 4- Commas:

      This interactive 20-question activity will help you practice using commas correctly in a sentence. Each question gives you immediate feedback, located at the top of the screen, whether your answer was correct or not.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 3- Commas:

      This interactive 20-question activity will help you practice using commas correctly in a sentence. Each question gives you immediate feedback, located at the top of the screen, whether your answer was correct or not.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 2- Commas:

      This interactive 20-question activity will help you practice using commas correctly in a sentence. Each question gives you immediate feedback, located at the top of the screen, whether your answer was correct or not.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 1- Commas:

      This interactive 20-question activity will help you practice using commas correctly in a sentence. Each question gives you immediate feedback, located at the top of the screen, whether your answer was correct or not. Explanations of each correct answer are also provided.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes ! Exercise 10 : Whose, Who's:

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in choosing the correct form of two commonly confused words: whose and who's. You will get feedback after every question with an explanation of why the answer is correct. If you need help with a question, the "I Give Up" button will help you out.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 13 : Its, It's:

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice working with "its" and "it's" and learning when it is appropriate to use "its" vs "it's" in a sentence. You will get feedback after every question with a brief explanation of why an answer is correct.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 14: Its, It's:

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice working with "its" and "it's" and learning when it is appropriate to use "its" vs "it's" in a sentence. You will get feedback after every question with a brief explanation of why an answer is correct. If you need help with a question, the "I Give Up" button will help you out.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 3 : Lose, Loose:

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice working with two commonly confused words: lose and loose. You will get feedback after every question with a brief explanation of why an answer is correct.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 4 : Lose, Loose:

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice working with two commonly confused words: lose and loose. You will get feedback after every question with a brief explanation of why an answer is correct. If you need help with a question, the "I Give Up" button will help you out.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 5 : Loss, Lost:

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice working with two commonly confused words: loss and lost. You will get feedback after every question with a brief explanation of why an answer is correct.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 6 : Who, Whom:

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice working with two commonly confused words: who and whom. You will get feedback after every question with a brief explanation of why an answer is correct.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 7: Who, Whom:

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice working with two commonly confused words: who and whom. You will get feedback after every question and a brief explanation of why an answer is correct. If you need help with a question, the "I Give Up" button will help you out.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 8: Whoever, Whomever:

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice working with two commonly confused words: whoever and whomever. You will get feedback after every question and a brief explanation of why the answer is correct. If you need help with a practice item, the "I Give Up" button will help you out.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 11 : To, Too, Two:

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in choosing the correct spelling of these commonly confused words. Each question gives you immediate feedback, located at the top of the screen, whether your answer was correct or not. Explanations of each correct answer are also provided.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 12 : To, Too, Two:

      This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in choosing the correct spelling of these commonly confused words. Each question gives you immediate feedback, located at the top of the screen, as to whether your answers were correct or not.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 9 : Whose, Who's:

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in choosing the correct form of two commonly confused words: whose and who's. You will get feedback after every question with an explanation of why the answer is correct.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 2 : Their, There, They're:

      This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in choosing the correct spelling of these commonly confused words. You will get feedback after every question and an explanation of why each answer is correct. If you don't know, the "I Give Up" button will help you out.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 1 : Their, There, They're:

      This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in choosing the correct spelling of these commonly confused words. Each question gives you immediate feedback, located at the top of the screen, whether your answer was correct or not. Explanations of each correct answer are also provided.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar & Usage: Choosing the Correct Pronoun Case:

      Determining the correct pronoun case--subjective, objective, or possessive--in writing can be confusing because we often hear people speaking incorrectly. This tutorial will help you review the correct usage of pronouns and then provide you with two short quizzes as practice.

      Type: Tutorial

      Which Writing is Right? :

      Use this interactive tutorial to improve your expository writing skills. This tutorial asks you questions about the qualities of expository writing and provides feedback on your responses. Finally, you will write a short paragraph and judge your own writing using the tutorial's criteria for effective expository writing.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 5 Recognizing Pronoun Case :

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in identifying the correct pronoun case that goes in each sentence. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 4 Recognizing Pronoun Case :

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in identifying the correct pronoun case that goes in each sentence. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 3 Recognizing Pronoun Case:

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in identifying the correct pronoun case that goes in each sentence. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 2 Recognizing Pronoun Case :

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in identifying the correct pronoun case that goes in each sentence. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 1 Recognizing Pronoun Case :

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in identifying the correct pronoun case that goes in each sentence. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 3 Recognizing Pronoun Agreement :

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in fixing sentences with errors in pronoun agreement. You will get feedback after every fill-in-the-blank answer that will explain how close your answer is to the ideal response. If you don't know, the "I Give Up" button will help you out.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 2 Recognizing Pronoun Agreement :

      This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in fixing sentences with errors in pronoun agreement. You will get feedback after every fill-in-the-blank answer that will explain how close your answer is to the ideal response. If you don't know, the "I Give Up" button will help you out.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 1 Recognizing Pronoun Reference :

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in identifying whether or not a sentence has a pronoun reference error. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not, complete with an explanation.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 5 Recognizing Pronoun Agreement :

      This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in fixing sentences with errors in pronoun agreement. You will get feedback after every fill-in-the-blank answer.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 4 Recognizing Pronoun Agreement :

      This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in fixing sentences with errors in pronoun agreement. You will get feedback after every fill-in-the-blank answer that will explain how close your answer is to the ideal response. If you don't know, the "I Give Up" button will help you out.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 6 Recognizing Pronoun Case :

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in identifying the correct pronoun case that goes in each sentence. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 1 Recognizing Pronoun Agreement :

      This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in fixing sentences with errors in pronoun agreement. You will get feedback after every fill-in-the-blank answer that will explain how close your answer is to the ideal response. If you don't know, the "I Give Up" button will help you out.

      Type: Tutorial

      Using Supporting Examples:

      In this tutorial you will practice using supporting details. Each practice gives you a main idea and three possible details. Your job is to choose the detail that best supports the main idea. Each question gives you feedback on why your answer is correct or incorrect.

      Type: Tutorial

      Using Compare and Contrast Maps:

      In this tutorial from ReadWriteThink you will learn three ways to write compare-and-contrast essays. You will also receive an interactive map, which will guide you step-by-step as you develop your own essay. When you are finished, you can print, save, or email your essay.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 5 Recognizing Pronoun Reference :

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in identifying the correct pronoun that goes in each sentence. For each item, you will choose the answer the best corrects the pronoun error, if there is one, in the sentence. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 3 Recognizing Pronoun Reference :

      This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in identifying the correct pronoun that goes in each sentence. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not, complete with a clear explanation.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 2 Recognizing Pronoun Reference:

      This interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in identifying whether or not a sentence has a pronoun reference error. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not, complete with an explanation.

      Type: Tutorial

      Grammar Bytes! Exercise 4 Recognizing Pronoun Reference :

      This fun, interactive 20-question quiz will give you practice in identifying the correct pronoun that goes in each sentence. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not, complete with a clear explanation.

      Type: Tutorial

      Parent Resources

      Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this course.

      The College and Career Readiness (CCR) anchor standards and grade-specific standards are necessary complements—the former providing broad standards, the latter providing additional specificity—that together define the skills and understandings that all students must demonstrate at each grade level. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each succeeding  year’s grade specific benchmarks, retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades, and work steadily toward meeting the more general expectations  described by the CCR anchor standards.



      Reading Literature
      These reading literature standards offer a focus for instruction each year and help ensure that students gain adequate exposure to a range of texts and tasks. Rigor is also infused through the requirement that students read increasingly complex texts through the grades. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.

      Reading Informational Text
      These reading informational text standards offer a focus for instruction each year and help ensure that students gain adequate exposure to a range of texts and tasks. Rigor is also infused through the requirement that students read increasingly complex texts through the grades.

      Writing
      Each year in their writing, students should demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas, and they should address increasingly demanding content and sources. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each succeeding year’s grade-specific writing standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.

      Speaking and Listening
      The following speaking and listening standards offer a focus for instruction each year to help ensure that students gain adequate mastery of a range of communication skills and applications.

      Language
      The following language standards offer a focus for instruction each year to help ensure that students gain adequate mastery of a range of language skills and applications. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each succeeding year’s grade-specific benchmarks and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades. [* Indicates standard may be addressed again in higher grades at a more rigorous level of study.]

      Additional Requirements:
      The following Florida Standards for Mathematical Practices (MP) are applicable to all content areas.

      • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. (MP 1)
      • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. (MP 3)
      • Attend to precision. (MP 6)