Grade Level: 8th – 12th grades

Ages: 14 & up

Classes Meet: Thursdays

Semester 1: Thursday, September 9th – December 2nd, 2021 

Semester 2: Thursday, January 13th – March 31st, 2022.

(December 9th and April 7th will be make-up days if needed.)

Times: 11: 00 am – 12:00 pm 

Instructor: Angela Bell


Tuition / Fees: $250.00 tuition ($125.00 per semester) + $25.00 Supply Fee.     An enrollment fee of $25 plus the materials fee of $25 is due within 2 weeks of registration and will come off of your tuition. Both the supply fee and enrollment fee are non-refundable and will hold your place in the class.

Course Description:

Students will learn how to investigate, report, and write for publication. Students will become proficient in using correct grammar and punctuation according to the Associated Press Association standards. Students will be able to compose articles of length that demonstrate understanding of appealing to particular audiences through appropriate journalism techniques. They will build upon their vocabulary through research, discussion, and presentation. As a class, we will create a printed newspaper, and possibly a literary magazine, designed for publication and sale. Students will also create a professional portfolio of their works that they can use in future interviews and endeavors in journalism. Students can expect to spend up to 10 hours per week investigating and developing their stories. They will also be encouraged and guided to pursue writing contests and college journalism programs.

Suggested grades will be based on in-class discussion, readings in and outside of class, class participation, research and investigation, and writing pieces. All students will contribute their writing pieces in a newspaper twice per semester. 

Prerequisite: Students should be able to write paragraphs of description with appropriate punctuation and sentence structure before taking this class. If a student has special needs, please contact the teacher directly to discuss. Exceptions to target age and grade level will be considered; please contact teacher directly to discuss.

This is a two semester class worth 2 credits of high school electives on a high school transcript. Second semester does build upon the first. Those who wish to enroll in the second semester only, please discuss with Mrs. Bell before enrolling.

Required Materials Include: Textbook ISBN 10: 0618003770 (see below), 3 or 5 subject notebook, blue or black pen, number 2 pencil, highlighter, and 1 in. binder