Punctuation is an important part of writing. Each symbol has a specific meaning, and the rules are different in English and in Spanish. Recently, in a Spanish creative writing class, students wrote a fictional composition paying close attention to the punctuation they used. They were required to identify and explain at least ten different types of punctuation in their composition using footnotes or the comment feature on Google Docs. Students were motivated to improve their punctuation and enjoy writing during this project. See an example of student work or watch his writing process in the video below. The video was created using the Draftback Chrome extension, which uses the revision history to create a video.
In addition to the Cold Coffee bulletin, the Journalism class maintains a Cold Coffee website. The website hosts the weekly video bulletins, club and college information, and more. In fact, under the More tab you will find a link to information about submitting an announcement. That's right; the Cold Coffee staff want your input. Teachers, student clubs and administrators with announcement needs can submit video or a request for Journalism students to create video for a future broadcast.
Students in 12th grade English class have been discussing newspapers and journalism in class. Reading online newspapers, students identified hard news and soft news stories and discussed journalistic styles. Students researched important events from the 19th century, wrote and designed newspapers.
Students collaborated on Google Documents to write and edit their stories. Then they used Pages on iCloud to create the newspapers. Pages allowed students to create sophisticated page layouts to mimic newspapers of the past. Read The St. Louis Daily from November 4, 1856 or The Bravo Times from April 6, 1848 to learn more about how this interdisciplinary project engaged students in learning writing, research, history and technology skills.