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  1. Publishing a Student Newspaper Michael Connolly West University Elementary School Houston ISD

  2. Software Microsoft Word Writing Publishing Editing images Drawing MS Publisher Adobe PhotoDeluxe Kid Pix

  3. Getting Started Get approval from principal. Decide time and place. Announce to teachers, students and parents. Copy and distribute applications. E-mail teachers guidelines for recommendations. Review applications and recommendations. Select 18 students. Begin weekly meetings.

  4. Meet with all applicants. Explain role of "free-lance reporters" and staff reporters. Pass out guidelines and parent permission letters, snack and parent volunteer sign-up.

  5. First Staff meeting Choose Newspaper name What's New At West U Monthly Mustang West U Times West U. News Determine columns & solicit story ideas Record roles and assignments.

  6. Positions Editors - organize stories for their section of the paper: Front page What’s happening Teachers and Students Sports Comics

  7. Roles Reporters Editors Photographers Comic artists

  8. 2nd Meeting Combine instruction with work. Help students create good interview questions. What would our readers like to know? What’s interesting? Open vs. closed questions. Personal background. Review assignments each meeting.

  9. 3rd MeetingInstruction: Covering Events Inverted Pyramid Who? What? When? Where? Why? Most important Fact Supporting details

  10. 4th Meeting: Peer editing • Reading each other’s work • Assessment form • Rewriting • Go back and get more details • Make sure there are photos with articles • Write captions for photos

  11. 5th Meeting Final review of paper before distribution. Start process over again. Brainstorm ideas for next issue. Make assignments

  12. 6th Meeting Review paper. Any articles left out? Acknowledge everyone’s effort. Critical review +’s and -’ s Record changes for next time.

  13. Sample Issues January 2004 Monthly Mustang--our web site

  14. Optional: Field trip Field trip to the Houston Chronicle. • Highly recommended • Check restrictions

  15. Additional ideas Press Conference

  16. Additional ideas News Conference Techniques for taking Taking Great Pictures Guest speakers: Reporters or Comic writers such as Bill Hinds - ”Tank McNamara” SPORTS ILLUSTRATED FOR KIDS

  17. Resources • “Creating A Classroom Newspaper” Houston Chronicle Instructional materials • Online Newspaper seminar

  18. Kids In Print by Mark Levin, Good Apple, 1997 The Reporter’s Notebookby mark Levin, Mind Stretch, 2000. National Elementary Schools Press Association, an organization that helps elementary and middle schools start and improve school and class newspapers as a means of teaching real-world writing skills Resources

  19. Text Boxes/Text Tool Bar Choose the Text Box Tool from the Drawing Toolbar After creating a text box link it to another (empty) text box by right clicking the first text box or going to the Text Box Toolbar and choosing Text box Link Tool • Allows you to place text anywhere on page. • Can link boxes to continue columns from one column to another or from one page to another page

  20. Text box link tool >

  21. Picture Toolbar • Insert Pictures • Crop Pictures • Adjust brightness & contrast • Rotate • Invert

  22. Adobe PhotoDeluxe • For improving the quality of pictures • Scanning Comics • Other editing

  23. Picture formats • Bitmap - .bmp-photos • Gif – for cartoons • JPEG – Maximum resolution Choose “Send to” from the file menu to pick format

  24. Microsoft Publisher Help • Tutorial website • Microsoft Publisher website