I. COURSE DESCRIPTION
Welcome to Oakland Publishing. In this class, we will explore the power and importance of publishing our voices to a wider audience. The focus will be on you as both the writer, editor and ultimately the publisher. We will write stories, opinion pieces, cartoons, articles and poetry; we will also include imagery, focusing on the creative process from conception to publication. Each project will be introduced through the careful study of professional example works and designs. We will discuss the works from the viewpoint of being fellow writers, editors and publishers, thinking about how the authors built their writing and how the editors went about organizing it for publication. By the end of this class, you will have written and published several original works of your own that will fit into a quarterly Oakland High School magazine of your own design.
I will use a standards-based system of grading in this class. Therefore, each summative assignment will have a specific rubric that details the expectations that must be met to receive an exceeding, meeting, approaching or beginning. Finally, this class will be conducted in the style of a workshop. That means we are united together as writers and critical thinkers. We ALWAYS support each other as we learn. As a class, we will recognize that writing can be fun, entertaining, and critical, but it should also be thoughtful and respectful.
⦁ Develop and write articles with a clear thesis, the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information, examples and elaboration appropriate to the audience's knowledge of the topic.
⦁ Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to the task, purpose and audience
⦁ Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, trying a new approach and focusing on audience
⦁ Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products
⦁ Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed
III. TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS REQUIRED
- There are no textbooks for this class. There will be assigned readings or videos to watch and they will be available in class or online. You will need to come prepared with a journal notebook and writing tool (pen or pencil).
IV. INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES:
- This class will include
- Read and analyze texts to inspire us to write texts
- Discussions in workshop settings
- Individual and group work time on projects
- Conferences with teacher
V. ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES:
Formative assignments and summative projects will be graded on designated criteria. Variations and imagination thereafter are encouraged. Completed projects will not be graded upon style as this factor varies from artist to artist. As a portion of specific projects, students will also be graded upon COMPOSITION, CONTENT, CREATIVITY and PUBLISHING. I value QUALITY, IMAGINATION, and INNOVATION.
VI. GRADING SCALE:
4 100% A
3.5 90% A
3.0 85% B+/A-
2.5 80% B/B-
2.0 70% C/C-
1.5 65% D+
1.0 60% D
Below 1.0 49% E
VII. CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS:
⦁ Observe Oakland High School rules at all times, both in the classroom and on location
⦁ RESPECT the classroom, yourself and each other
⦁ Be FAIR, KIND and HONEST
⦁ Keep things CLEAN and TIDY
⦁ Make the world better than you found it
Students will be expected to attend class ready to work in groups and/or independently. Unexcused absences will be counted against the participation grade. Students will also be expected to work respectfully with each other and to keep the building a safe and positive creative environment. Negative or hostile language will not be tolerated. Four goals — empathy, balance, community and thinking — will be expected to be expressed at all times.
⦁ No food or beverages are allowed near the equipment
⦁ The internet will be used for classroom assignments only
⦁ According to the Oakland Handbook, electronic devices (CELL PHONES, MP3 Players, CD players, handheld video games etc.) are not allowed to be used nor be seen in the classroom. Students may use such devices in the hallway or cafeteria before school, during lunch, and after school. These items are not appropriate for use in the classroom setting and will be confiscated. If you have a personal emergency, share this with the teacher and ask permission to come to the main office to use your phone. Students who bring these items to school are advised to do so at their own risk. The school is not responsible for loss of these items. Students who abuse the use of electronics will be subject to progressive discipline to include possible suspension.
ASSIGNMENTS & ATTENDANCE:
Assignments should be handed in on time. Students are assessed separately (from project content) for “meeting project deadline”
• On due date = 4
• Next class meeting date = 3
• One week = 2
• After a week = 1
• After a week I will determine on a case by case basis whether to accept the assignment at all
Come to class on time!
IX. INTERNET ACCEPTABLE ON-LINE and MEDIA PRODUCTION BEHAVIOR
Use of the Internet and producing media provides great educational benefits to students. Unfortunately, however, some material accessible via the Internet, or produced by a student, may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, or potentially offensive to some people. Access to the Internet and media technology is given as a privilege to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. We require that students and parent/guardians read and sign the following rules for acceptable on-line and media production behavior.
1. Students are responsible for good behavior on the Internet just as they are in school.
General school rules for behavior and communications apply.
2. Network storage areas are and may be treated like school lockers. Network administrators may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and ensure that users are using the system responsibly. Users should not expect that files will always be private.
3. The following are NOT permitted:
a. Sending or receiving non school related e-mail; sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures; chat rooms are off limits as is printing inappropriate material not related to a school assignment.
b. Using obscene language.
c. Listening to music and/or watching videos not associated with school work.
d. Harassing, insulting, or attacking others.
e. Damaging camera equipment, computers, computer systems, or computer networks.
f. Violating copyright laws; downloading files.
g. Using another students’ password.
h. Trespassing in another students’ folder, work, or files; trespassing in system folders and files.
i. Intentionally wasting limited resources, including through the use of “chain letters” and messages broadcasted to mailing lists or individuals.
j. Employing the network for commercial purposes.
k. Revealing the personal address or phone number of yourself or any other person without permission from the instructor.
4. Violations may result in a loss of access as well as other disciplinary or legal actions.
X. DAILY CLASSROOM PROCEDURES
1. START OF CLASS:
Join the class in the circle and work on the daily “Do Now.”
2. DAILY AGENDA:
Students will follow the "Plan of the Day" and participate in all activities and complete assignments.
3. END OF CLASS:
All students will assist with clean up and shutdown of the classroom.
I UNDERSTAND AND PERSONALLY AGREE TO PERFORM TO THESE STATED POLICIES.
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Printed Name Student Signature Date
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