I can edit and revise my own writing as well as the writing of others.
Language Objective: I will generate topics and angles related to current events and create photos, infographics, and artwork for stories in The Warrior Ledger.
I will copy-edit and finalize my latest deadline as well as provide feedback on the deadline of a peer.
Essential Question: How do you write stories that are newsworthy, informative, and communicate your topic well?
1. Bell Work: Editing: Correct the sentences on this worksheet and make sure they are as simplified as possible.
2. Current Events: Browse current events for 10 minutes. Make a list of three possible deadline topics on the bottom of your bell work and discuss your potential story ideas with you group, then submit this with your bell work for daily participation.
3. Finalize and copy-edit past deadlines:
Go through your last two deadlines and check for the following:
- Does it include two different headlines (a longer and a shorter version)?
- Does it include your byline?
- Is it opinionated?
- Are all sources, credible, authoritative, and clearly identified?
- Did you format your quotes correctly? "This is a quote from a source," said senior Jane Sourcename. "Be sure to only include the last name if you refer to your source again after you first introduced them," said Sourcename. Sourcename said, "You can also introduce a quote with the source first." "Whatever happens," said Sourcename, "Be sure to punctuate correctly."
- Proofread your story twice. Copy-editing means you have to check for those tiny details like missing commas, quotation marks, apostrophes, along with punctuation, spelling, and grammar.
4. Once you are finished with your own copy-editing, copy-edit the deadline of one of your group members. Add whose story you have edited to the bottom of your bell work for today.
5. Begin working on a new deadline.
6. Production Week starts today and goes through Wednesday, January 13. This means that pages have priority, as does anything that needs to be finished for this issue. Be sure to address any outstanding deadlines with the utmost urgency. If you forget handing in deadlines, you are letting down the entire class along with the staff.
7. Our next issue comes out in February! Keep this in mind for new ideas!
- Bell Work, three story ideas (based on current events) and copy editing
- Deadline Rough Draft due: Friday, January 8 by midnight