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Journalism

Alice Buffett Middle School’s Journalism Program: 

Our curriculum prepares future journalists for a successful career by teaching the following standards: 

-Students will understand individual and staff responsibilities of coverage appropriate for the publication’s audience. Our students must consider 5th-8th grade students as audience members. 

-Students will define, articulate, and generate various journalistic writing products.  Students not only write articles, but create infographics, charts, and maps that inform others. 

-Students will understand and implement journalistic ethics and standards in school sponsored publications.  Students leave our school with an understanding of journalistic integrity and their rights as members of the press. 

-Students will understand all aspects of assigned school publication, the means by which that publication is created, and produce the publication.  Students market, plan, and create the yearbook for our school. 

Additional Skills: 

-Students produce the yearbook after learning through a gradual release of responsibility learning model. 

-Students receive hands-on training with Adobe Creative Cloud software; specifically in inDesign and Photoshop. 

-Students learn how to operate professional cameras and use them to create professional grade photos. 

-Students communicate with staff, students, administrators, and stakeholders to produce the yearbook. 

-Students market the yearbook and track sales. 

Digital Media

Digitial Media:

  • Digital Media is a course designed to educate students on the ever-changing digital world, as well as to provide hands-on experience with industry standard software and equipment.  
  • The curriculum covers a wide range of areas, so it appeals to a diverse group of students. 
  • Topics covered in Digital Media classes include graphic design, animation, and web design using Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver software. 
  • They will become proficient in understanding digital media and relationships with society, while also learning about safety and legal issues regarding today’s digital world. 
  • Students will leave our class with a greater understanding of how their digital world works and know how to be a responsible, technology literate citizen of digital media. 

Broadcasting

BROADCASTING 7

This course is designed to introduce students to broadcast journalism via hands on experiences developing, producing, performing and editing and airing television and radio broadcasts.  Using tried and true journalism teaching techniques coupled with the latest technology, this course will engage students from start to end.  Utilizing the school community as their reporting terrain, student journalists will canvas activities, events and special projects at Buffett to report to their viewing audiences.


Broadcast Production 8

This year-long course is an advanced survey of broadcasting, designed to provide students with additional, unique hands-on experiences developing, producing, performing and editing and airing a live and pre-recorded Buffett television broadcasts.  Using tried and true journalism teaching techniques coupled with the latest technology, this course will engage students from start to end.  Students taking this class will be required to perform all of the roles in a television broadcast, including on-air personality, camera, director, etc. Utilizing the broader school community as their reporting terrain, student journalists will canvas activities, events and special projects occurring in and around Buffett to report to their viewing and listening audiences.

iDesign

iDesign 7:

In this one quarter course, students will study storytelling, animation and game layout design.  Students will learn to use various software resources for creating animated stories, multimedia projects and interactive applications.  Additionally, students will work on the writing process as it relates to storytelling, be able to identify the elements and principles of design, demonstrate digital citizenship and ethical behavior related to interactive media, and explore careers related to digital storytelling and interactive technology.

 

iDesign Production 8:

In this course students will study storytelling, animation and game layout design.  Students will learn to use various software resources for creating animated stories, multimedia projects and interactive applications.  Additionally, students will work on the writing process as it relates to storytelling, be able to identify the elements and principles of design, demonstrate digital citizenship and ethical behavior related to interactive media, and explore careers related to digital storytelling and interactive technology.

 

Speech

Speech

  • Create an inclusive and welcoming classroom, where students feel comfortable working with others and sharing ideas.
  • Students gain sensitivity to the use of words in general as well as to a particular audience.
  • Students engage in a range of collaborative discussions, with diverse partners, on grade level topics, texts, and issues, learning how to build on others' ideas and how to express their own ideas clearly.
  • Students utilize available multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.
  • Students are given choice of topic and delivery, so they can develop and apply different speaking strategies.