Learning Recommendations: "B" grade in English. Students considering a career in Communications with a passion for the power and/or influence of words, write, design, support and produce six (6) issues of The Forum, Skyline’s own student and community newspaper.

General Description: This course models, practices, develops, explores, and researches the spectrum of bias and freedom of the press in journalism through different modes of newspaper writing, design and current events.

Content: Students face real world realities and deadlines in the production of news, feature, opinion (including columns and entertainment), and sports articles as they pertain to Skyline's interests. We also explore the artistry of graphics, photography, headlines, cut-lines, and captions; and spatial and technical layout for formatting. Build your own newspaper portfolio of demonstrated growth, skills, and self-analysis as evidence for job skills and/or college.

Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Team collaboration
  • Viewing examples of high quality student media
  • Hands-on production
  • Specified writing process
  • Direct instruction
  • Large and small group discussion
  • PowerPoint “bias’’ presentations

Equipment to be provided by Student: USB memory stick (thumb drive) recommended

Note: Seniors should converse with the college of their choice regarding acceptance as an English credit.

This course does not meet the 12th grade English credit requirement if taken as an elective in the 10th or 11th grade.