Yesterday, we shared our in-depth articles. We heard three articles, of varying lengths, that used the required elements of an in-depth; research and attribution (quotes or paraphrasing). It's not too late to submit an in-depth. In fact, I want to stress that the assignment was not optional. Everyone should be giving as much effort as possible on all assignments. This is the right venue to try and even fail! There are no grades and we are all here to support one another...and learn! Students can change their topic if they like.
Next week, we will have our layout session for Issue II! I am very excited about this issue as we will be increasing our publication by four pages and including broader and very relevant topics such as beach erosion, working conditions in factories, and the presence of corn and corn by-products in our food supply.
Our in-depth article that secured the students' votes to be included in Issue II was an article on the role of cakes in cultural celebrations. Bravo!
The publication date for Issue II is December 17. On Monday, December 10, your student will receive their article back from the News Editor. We are going to be experiencing the true meaning of deadline with this issue. Your student must email to me by MIDNIGHT December 11, his or her edited article, or it will not be included in this issue. Since we would have secured a spot for the student's article in the layout session, this means that failure to meet the deadline will result in major content problems for the paper (and the Editor-in-Chief, i.e., Yours Truly), therefore, missing the deadline is not optional.
To lighten the mood a little yesterday, we used the Grimm Brothers' version of "The Three Little Pigs" to illustrate the concept of "the missing voice" in a story, commonly known as perspective. To investigate "the other side of the story" we read through (in readers theater style) "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" by Jon Scieszka, where we learn the "Big Bad Wolf" was mistakenly labeled through a simple misunderstanding. :>)
For homework, students were given the mission of re-writing a fairy tale from the perspective of a minor character that appears in the story. I gave them several options, and we went around the room and each student committed to a tale and a character. They are allowed to choose a different story and character if it stays true to the purpose of the exercise, but everyone should present a fairy tale on Monday. The choices were; Rapunzel, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, and The Wizard of Oz.
Next week in addition to the layout session, we will be exploring bias in media and how it differs from perspective. See you then!