Today brought another action-packed and information-filled class. The real work is now beginning, so it's critical that your students be on top of their homework assignments, as all of it relates to the eventual distribution of our first issue on November 12th.
Today's topics were; headline creation, the inverted pyramid style of writing, the criteria for selecting a newsworthy story, what purposes do publications serve, and developing interviewing skills.
In one activity, the students were asked to pull a random item from their lunch boxes or backpacks and interview that item using only open-ended questions. Creating open-ended vs. close-ended questions proved to be more challenging than we thought, but in the end, the students came up with some really creative queries!
Next week, the students will be interviewing a special guest! We are honored to be hosting a visiting relative of one of our students whose resume includes; professional staff writer for a weekly community newspaper in California, time as the managing editor for a company that publishes community magazines, and independent freelance writer/editor. She also publishes a quarterly literary arts journal. Our guest will be speaking about her experiences in writing and publishing, after which, each student will ask an open-ended interview question. This interview may be published in our first issue of The Mosaic Monthly!
Here are the items your students need to be working on this week: