M/J Journalism 2   (#1006010)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

Version Description

The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop 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 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: 1006010
Course Path:
Abbreviated Title: M/J JOURN 2
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

CER: Writing a Great Paragraph:

Learn how to write a great "CER" paragraph that includes a claim, evidence, and reasoning with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

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.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

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

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

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

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

Avoiding Plagiarism and Citing Sources:

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

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 in Action:

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 using synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and context clues in this interactive tutorial.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Writing Style: Sharpen Your Skills:

Learn how to tailor your writing based on your task, purpose, and audience. In this interactive tutorial, you will review the differences between informative and argumentative writing, and you will also learn the differences between formal and informal writing styles.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Spread Your Wings: Structure & Meaning in Poetry:

Explore the structure and meaning of poetry and learn how poems are organized to express and develop themes. Along the way, you will also learn some key terms like diction, imagery, and mood. This interactive tutorial uses two famous poems as examples, one by William Blake and one by Emily Dickinson. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Learning the Ropes: Applying Comma Rules:

Learn how to use commas to connect two sentences, how to use commas with coordinate adjectives, and how to use the Oxford comma. In this interactive tutorial, you will complete practice exercises and read several short passages about primates, including gorillas and baboons.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Mastering Language: Beware of the Wordiness Monster :

Improve your writing by identifying language that is too wordy or repetitive. With this interactive tutorial, you'll learn how to replace wordy sentences with clear, concise language.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Get in the Game: Understanding Sentences and Clauses:

Learn what separates clauses from sentences in this basketball-themed, interactive tutorial. You'll also learn about four sentence types: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex.  Game on!

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Analyzing Word Parts: Follow the Signs:

Find the meanings of unfamiliar words by analyzing their word parts, like roots and prefixes.  In this interactive tutorial, you'll see how these "signs" will guide you in your reading.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Finding Buried Treasure: Uncovering the Theme:

Read several short stories about pirates and treasure and learn how to summarize a story, identify its theme, and tell the difference between the two with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Analyzing POEtry:

Learn how to identify sound devices such as repetition, alliteration, and assonance in the poems of Edgar Allan Poe. As you complete this interactive tutorial, you'll read portions of "The Raven," "The Bells," and "Annabel Lee."  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Go Figure: Learning Figurative Language:

Learn how figures of speech like simile, metaphor, and personification are used in the speeches of famous individuals. In this interactive tutorial, you'll examine text from speeches by John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Arguing Mars :

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

In this tutorial, you will learn how to identify a speaker’s argument or claim. You will also learn how to evaluate the evidence and reasoning presented in a speech.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Jeans for Learning: Argumentative Writing:

Learn how to write a strong introduction for an argumentative essay as you complete this interactive tutorial.  When you master argumentative writing, you can convince your reader to believe whatever you want them to believe!

Learn how to identify and write strong argumentative claims.

You’ll practice brainstorming and selecting the evidence that best supports an argumentative claim.

You’ll learn how to identify and write great grabbers to hook your reader’s attention and make them want to read your writing,

And finally, you’ll write a complete introduction using all that you’ll learn.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Tutorials

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 5 Recognizing Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers:

This quick and easy quiz will give you practice in identifying misplaced and dangling modifiers. You will get feedback after every question and an explanation of why each example is correct or incorrect. The site also includes an explanation of the rules of proper sentence structure that you can refer to as you take the quiz.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 4 Recognizing Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers:

This quick and easy quiz will give you practice in identifying misplaced and dangling modifiers. You will get feedback after every question and an explanation of why each example is correct or incorrect. The site also includes an explanation of the rules of proper sentence structure that you can refer to as you take the quiz.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 2 Recognizing Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers:

This quick and easy quiz will give you practice in identifying misplaced and dangling modifiers. You will get feedback after every question and an explanation of why each example is correct or incorrect. The site also includes an explanation of the rules of proper sentence structure that you can refer to as you take the quiz.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 3 Recognizing Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers:

This quick and easy quiz will give you practice in identifying misplaced and dangling modifiers. You will get feedback after every question and an explanation of why each example is correct or incorrect. The site also includes an explanation of the rules of proper sentence structure that you can refer to as you take the quiz.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 1 Recognizing Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers:

This quick and easy quiz will give you practice in identifying misplaced and dangling modifiers. You will get feedback after every question and an explanation of why each example is correct or incorrect. The site also includes an explanation of the rules of proper sentence structure that you can refer to as you take the quiz.

Type: Tutorial

The Power of Simple Words:

In this animated video from TEDed, you will identify simple elements of style that can improve your writing. You will learn that short, simple language can sometimes be the best option.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 5 Recognizing Run-Ons: Comma Splices and Fused Sentences:

This fun, interactive 20-question practice activity will give you practice in addressing two common types of run-on sentences: comma splices and fused sentences. In the activity, you will choose the correct way to fix the underlined problem in each sentence to correct the run-on sentence. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not, complete with fun cyber prizes for correct answers.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 4 Recognizing Run-Ons: Comma Splices and Fused Sentences:

This fun, interactive 20-question practice activity will give you practice in addressing two common types of run-on sentences: comma splices and fused sentences. In the activity, you will choose the correct way to fix the underlined problem in each sentence to correct the run-on sentence. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not, complete with fun cyber prizes for correct answers.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 3 Recognizing Run-Ons: Comma Splices and Fused Sentences :

This fun, interactive 20-question practice activity will give you practice in identifying two common types of run-on sentences: comma splices and fused sentences. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not, complete with fun cyber prizes for correct answers. The resource also provides information that you can study before you take the quiz to help you understand what comma splices and fused sentences are. You can also review various strategies to make a sentence complete-- simply click the hyperlinked word "rules."

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 1 Recognizing Run-Ons: Comma Splices and Fused Sentences:

This fun, interactive 20-question practice activity will give you practice in identifying two common types of run-on sentences: comma splices and fused sentences. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not, complete with fun cyber prizes for correct answers. The resource also provides information that you can study before you take the quiz to help you understand what comma splices and fused sentences are. You can also review various strategies to make a sentence complete-- simply click the hyperlinked word "rules."

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 4 Recognizing Sentence Fragments:

This fun, interactive 20-question activity will give you practice in identifying sentence fragments. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not, complete with fun cyber prizes for correct answers. Clear explanations of each correct answer are provided. The site also provides an explanation of the rules of proper sentence structure that you can study before you take the quiz, simply click the hyperlinked word "rules."

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 3 Recognizing Sentence Fragments :

This fun, interactive 20-question activity will give you practice in identifying sentence fragments. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not, complete with fun cyber prizes for correct answers. Clear explanations of each correct answer are provided. The site also provides an explanation of the rules of proper sentence structure that you can study before you take the quiz, simply click the hyperlinked word "rules."

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 2 Recognizing Sentence Fragments :

This fun, interactive 20-question activity will give you practice in identifying sentence fragments. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not, complete with fun cyber prizes for correct answers. Clear explanations of each correct answer are provided. The site also provides an explanation of the rules of proper sentence structure that you can study before you take the quiz, simply click the hyperlinked word "rules."

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 1 Recognizing Sentence Fragments:

This fun, interactive 20-question activity will give you practice in identifying sentence fragments. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not, complete with fun cyber prizes for correct answers. Clear explanations of each correct answer are provided. The site also provides an explanation of the rules of proper sentence structure that you can study before you take the quiz, simply click the hyperlinked word "rules."

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 4 Recognizing Apostrophes :

This fun, interactive 20-question activity will give you practice in correct apostrophe use. In this activity you will practice using apostrophes to simplify long phrases to eliminate wordiness or redundancy. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 5 Recognizing Apostrophes:

This fun, interactive 20-question activity will give you practice in correct apostrophe use. In this activity you will practice using apostrophes to simplify long phrases to eliminate wordiness or redundancy. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not.

Type: Tutorial

The Case Against Good and Bad:

In this animated video from TEDed, you will learn why words like "bad" and "good" are not descriptive and have no place in your writing. You will also be able to choose many other more appropriate words to improve your writing once you finish the video.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar & Usage: Phrases:

This activity will provide you with a short mini-lesson on phrases. You will also receive a short review on the parts of speech and related quizzes for extra support. Then you can complete an interactive quiz to reinforce your understanding of phrases.

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 7 Recognizing Sentence Fragments :

This fun, interactive 20-question activity will give you practice in identifying sentence fragments. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not, complete with fun cyber prizes for correct answers. Clear explanations of each correct answer are provided. The site also provides an explanation of the rules of proper sentence structure that you can study before you take the quiz, simply click the hyperlinked word "rules."

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 6 Recognizing Sentence Fragments :

This fun, interactive 20-question activity will give you practice in identifying sentence fragments. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not, complete with fun cyber prizes for correct answers. Clear explanations of each correct answer are provided. The site also provides an explanation of the rules of proper sentence structure that you can study before you take the quiz, simply click the hyperlinked word "rules."

Type: Tutorial

Grammar Bytes! Exercise 5 Recognizing Sentence Fragments :

This fun, interactive 20-question activity will give you practice in identifying sentence fragments. Each question gives you immediate feedback on whether your answer was correct or not, complete with fun cyber prizes for correct answers. Clear explanations of each correct answer are provided. The site also provides an explanation of the rules of proper sentence structure that you can study before you take the quiz, simply click the hyperlinked word "rules."

Type: Tutorial

Guide to Grammar and Writing: Clauses:

This is a guide to the composition and usage of clauses, including independent and dependent clauses. A PowerPoint and several practice quizzes are provided to help students with independent clauses and recognizing clause functions.

Type: Tutorial

Guide to Grammar and Writing: Prepositions:

This is a comprehensive guide to the proper use of prepositions and prepositional phrases. Several interactive quizzes are provided.

Type: Tutorial

Guide to Grammar and Writing: Adjectives:

This is an online guide to adjective usage. It includes informational text about rules of adjective usage, a video from Schoolhouse Rock, and several interactive quizzes.

Type: Tutorial

Guide to Grammar and Writing: Adverbs:

This is a comprehensive guide to adverb usage. Detailed definitions, explanations, and examples are provided. It also provides links to two quizzes for students to individually practice their skills at using adverbs correctly. There is also a video from Schoolhouse Rock on adverbs.

Type: Tutorial

Guide to Grammar and Writing: Conjunctions:

This is a comprehensive guide to conjunctions and their usage. The resource also includes the engaging video "Conjunction Junction" from Schoolhouse Rock; it explains the various functions of conjunctions.

Type: Tutorial

Guide to Grammar and Writing: Nouns:

This is a comprehensive guide to the usage of nouns. Interactive quizzes are provided, as well as an engaging video from Schoolhouse Rock on the use of nouns.

Type: Tutorial

Guide to Grammar and Writing: Sentence Variety:

This guide explains how to vary sentence length and structure to add interest and expression to writing. It includes several online quizzes covering variety in modifier placement, variety in subject placement, and identifying sentence types. Quizzes include the correct answers with explanations.

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)