Media and MisterC

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Dear substitute and students,

Thank you for being here.  My classes and students are wonderful.  I have sent students a Remind message with their agendas and a reminder to check this site for instruction.  

In the English classes students are working narratives. They may work in pairs and are expected to complete their timelines and essay by the end of the period.  

In the journalism classes students are working to produce the school newspaper and the online site.  The students are all working on articles, photos, and illustrations.  THEY SHOULD BE WORKING COLLABORATIVELY TO DEVELOP STORY IDEAS AND PAGE LAYOUTS TODAY. Their assignments will take all of their time as they are on a pressing deadline. Today, students need to search for a story on or or and write a 1 page reflection responding to some part of the story or to the entire story.

If there are any concerns please feel free to contact me at  

Thank you again.

P.S. I have sent remind messages to students and their families about my absence and their instructions.

D. Cottom

Period 1 - Journalism 1

Warm-Up:  CNN Student News - You may start the projector daily after attendance and the play volume is on a cord next to projector)

Peer Reviews/Revision - Students are working on writing stories and should be working together to type, peer edit, and revise stories. Students are allowed and expected to used computers to research, plan, write and revise their stories.

For MONDAY:  PERIOD 1 STUDENTS need to find at least 1 current event from or or and read, watch, tweet or save it.  Then, pick a passage or some part of the story and respond to it in a 1-page handwritten reflection. Does not need to be double-spaced.  This is due at the end of the period.

HW - Watch, Read, or Listen to 30 minutes of news.  Write and revise story.

Period 2 English 10 -  Period 2, Period 5, Period 6 Honors English 10

Daily Agendas for Periods 2, 5, 6

Warm-Up: SSR 9 Minutes + annotate (students mark any confusion) "Funny in Farsi" .pg.113 in textbook.

Students may complete either: 

1.  Work with a partner to complete questions at end of story for "Funny in Farsi" on pg. 114-115..

2. Write a one page essay using the prompt at the bottom of pg. 115. "Explanatory Text"

Students must submit paper by the end of the period for credit. 

HW - Read pgs. 116-119 "Kaffir Boy".

Period 4 - Journalism 2 (School Newspaper)

Student Leaders:  Editor in Chief: Miguel Moran & Luis Valente

Editors will run class.  Students are actively engaged in production of the school newspaper and are working to meet deadlines.  Students have "Press Passes" and are expected to come and go from the class to schedule interviews or check facts for stories or to take photographs.  Students are allowed and expected to use computers.  

Thanks to you and my students for you help.

Welcome to the website for Mr. Cottom's CyberEnglish, Journalism and Communication classes.  This website is intended to provide students a portal to materials, resources, and tools to improve their educational experience.

     Every day offers new opportunities and challenges.  Today, you [students] have great opportunities to leave an exciting legacy to those who will follow your classes as you prepare for the limitless opportunities of your very near future.  I hope that each student will look deep inside to find the strength and determination to excel as you prepare for the exciting year ahead.  

- Mr. Cottom


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