Middle School Journalism
Semester 1
by Thomas Kaup and Dianne Smith

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Middle School Journalism: Semesters 1 and 2 are introductory semester courses in journalism. The courses include an introduction to the world of mass media, basic photojournalism concepts and skills, and exploration of journalistic writing. Each course offers self-contained units that can be used with any journalism textbook, or stand alone as texts for a classroom or extracurricular program. These instructional materials are adaptations by Thomas Kaup, a National Board Certified and practicing middle school journalism teacher, of Dianne Smith’s high school text, Introduction to Journalism, also published by Teaching Point.


Class activities, individual and group projects will immerse students in the world of journalism. Students will learn the functions of the media as well as the importance of the First Amendment as a guarantor of democratic society. Among a wide range of skills, they will also learn how use digital cameras and desktop publishing computer software, all part of generating complete print and online newspapers.

The courses are useful for both the beginning or established middle school journalism program. Middle school students will be prepared to not only participate in middle school production, but also motivated to continue participation in high school journalism programs. Included with the instructional material are standard alignments, syllabus, pacing guide, detailed daily lesson plans, student activity book, and assessments, all based on best practices.

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Table of Contents: Semester 1

1. What is Journalism

2. Photojournalism

3. News Writing

4. Gathering the News

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
screen view files only, typically purchased with student eBooks, timely delivery to qualified purchasers, includes 3 times email access to a mentoring teacher
Qty: $279 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-716-9
Teacher Edition Subscription Printed Version
Teacher Manual
Includes 3 times email access
to a mentoring teacher.
Qty: $349 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-222-5
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: $799 US

Page count is Teacher Edition and number of Student Books.
Class Set CD
ISBN: 978-1-59657-717-6
Student eBook
screen view files only, timely delivery to qualified purchasers
Qty: $18 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-538-7
Printed Student Book
concurrent or prior Teacher Edition purchase is required.
Qty: $22 US

ISBN: 978-1-59657-223-2
Mentoring Teacher Program Subscription
This subscription allows for 25 times email
access to the mentoring teacher
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

No page count.
No ISBN number. Use product code.
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