by Olga Kokino


Journalism presents a unique combination of eighteen introductory instructional units that cover journalism fundamentals and a menu of several one to two week-long thematic units from which to select a customized curriculum. Course materials emphasize the practical, how-to aspects of journalism to help high school students understand concepts and develop fairness and accuracy in reporting. In addition to helpful writing models and templates, as well as individual and class assignments, the curriculum contains examples and exercises based on selections from top newspapers and articles from the Poynter Institute.

Designed for a multi-age high school classroom, course materials are correlated to the new Journalism Educators Association national standards. Fundamentals include Genre Writing, Propaganda Techniques (building critical thinking through identification and analysis of writing techniques), World Events (current events coverage and geography knowledge), Crime Scene (learning how to cover a breaking story), Editorial Cartoons (symbolism, satire, point of view), Struggling Businesses (understanding how current events impact the economy and consumers), and First Amendment, Journalism Ethics. Computer technology, including several activities utilizing internet resources, is integrated for students' research. The course gives students a solid foundation to work on the high school newspaper or yearbook.


This book offers a thorough, deep repository of information for teaching journalism, whatever that might mean in a specific school. It covers all the basics, offers numerous creative offshoots, is timely, is wise and there's no mistaking this author has been there and done that. Anyone could follow and use this book, from the true novice to a bit-unsure newcomer to the field or to a school. --Wayne Brasler, Journalism Department Chair, University of Chicago Lab School; Author of The Newspaper Guide Book, published by the National Scholastic Press Association.

Complete Teacher Manual and Student Book - pricing below

Table of Contents:

Semester 1

  1. Journalistic Genres
  2. Photojournalism
  3. Editorial Cartoons
  4. Propaganda Techniques
  5. World Events
  6. Interview Techniques
  7. Journalism Ethics
  8. Emerging Technologies
  9. Geography Week
  10. Reviewing Journalism Writing Skills
  11. Final Exam

Semester 2

  1. Title IX in High School Sports
  2. Careers in the 21st Century
  3. Crime Reporting
  4. Writing Critical Reviews
  5. Business Writing
  6. Covering School Events
  7. War Reporting
  8. Final Exam Review
Sampling of Thematic Units
  • Writing models for news, feature, sports, commentary
  • Standards in news photography, problems with altered photos
  • Editorial cartoons, political correctness
  • 12 propaganda techniqes, examples in advertising
  • Blogging for reporters, internet sites
  • Interview glossary and models
  • First Amendment, protected and unprotected speech
  • Reporting on school events, fair coverage
  • Newspaper and media ethics
  • Crossword of journalism terms
  • Selecting a career in the 21st century
  • Comparing movie critiques
  • Pulitzer Prizes, investigating reporting
  • Resources fo high school journalism students

These instructional support materials (available in print or eBook versions), regularly updated, cover the complete course (at regular, honors, AP and IB levels), whether it be semester, year or 2-year (IB) with daily support for all aspects of instruction. The Teacher’s Edition includes a syllabus; correlation to standards; daily pacing guide; detailed daily lesson plans; teacher edition of student activity book or lab manual with answers; class notes in PDF (for use as color overheads) and/or editable PowerPoint's (for use with light projector or smartboard); and complete editable assessments. Classroom sets include 25 printed student books and Teacher Edition with DVD. Samples are available for each course (including complete short-term limited screen view versions in eBook format upon request). After purchase of the Teacher Edition in any of the various editions, student activity books or lab manuals are available for individual purchase. Although the online eBook version is screen view only, other versions are available that allow printing student material. Click here for details.

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Teacher Edition Subscription - eBook Version
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Qty: $279 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-773-2
Teacher Edition Subscription Printed Version
Teacher Manual
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Qty: $349 US

ISBN: 978-1-931680-17-2
Class Set with perpetual license - Printed Version
includes printed teacher manual, 25 printed student books and 3 times email access to a mentoring teacher.
Qty: $999 US

Page count is Teacher Edition and number of Student Books.
Class Set CD
ISBN: 978-1-59657-774-9
Student eBook
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Qty: $24 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-529-5
Printed Student Book
concurrent or prior Teacher Edition purchase is required.
Qty: $30 US

ISBN: 978-1-931680-16-5
Mentoring Teacher Program Subscription
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for 370 days or end of next school year whichever is longer if purchased after Dec. 1
concurrent or prior Teacher Edition purchase is required
Qty: $200 US

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