8/30/17: ‘What’s a good question?’ is a good question…

BELLRINGER: Journalism 101

Journalists must do many things in order to get their stories and ensure those stories are correct. To begin class today, we’re going to look at five steps in the process of writing a news story. Your task is to put the five steps in order.

Here are your instructions:

  1. Pick a partner or you may choose to work independently.
  2. Grab one sheet of paper on the back filing cabinet (by the pencil sharpener).
  3. Each sheet contains five tasks, out of order.
  4. Put the five tasks in the order you think a journalist does each during the process of writing a story. Write a number — 1 through 5 — on the sheet.
  5. When you’re done, leave it out on your desk, in order, and look up to let the Bell Ringer know you are finished.

BELL RINGERS: 

• 1st Period: Sylvia A. (Nick C.) 
• 2nd Period: Tory B. (Nolan B.)
• 3rd Period: Asher B. (Ayla B.)
• 4th Period: Ben (Ethan B.)
• 6th Period: Beau A. (Malia B.)

WHAT WE’RE LEARNING:

Today, we’ll start a two-day learning segment on questions. We’ll try and figure out what makes a good question.

WHY WE’RE LEARNING IT:

Learning isn’t about answers. It’s about questions. If all you have is answers, you’ve got nothing to learn. If you can create good questions, you can learn an infinite amount. You will also be able to write better papers in high school and college, and you will be a better employee one day, because when we learn to ask good questions, we learn to pay attention to details.

WHAT WE’LL KNOW BY THE END OF CLASS:

• Describe the characteristics of a well-crafted question.

AGENDA:

• Video Hook
• Turn & Talk
• Discussion: What went wrong?
• Research and White Board: What makes a good question?
• Share Out
• Exit Ticket: Name one characteristic of a good question (below).

LINK TO CLASS PRESENTATION

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