The Brooklyn Museum of Art Newspaper
Procedures for Teachers is divided into four sections:
-- Preparing for the lesson
-- Conducting the lesson
-- Extending the lesson
-- Managing resources and student activities
Any computer that supports word processing with columns
Digital camera (optional)
Any word processor, such as Microsoft Works, Word (Microsoft), Claris Works (Claris), The Student Writing Center (The Learning Company), etc.
Proofreading symbols handout, one per student
News Story Outline handout, one per student
You will need at least one computer with Internet access to complete this lesson. While many configurations will work, we recommend:
-- Modem: 28.8 Kbps or faster
-- Browser: Netscape Navigator 3.0 or above, or Internet Explorer 3.0 or
-- Macintosh computer: System 7.0 or above and at least 16 MBs of RAM
-- IBM-compatible computer: 386 or higher processor with at least 16 MBs
of RAM, running Windows 3.1; or a 486/66 or Pentium with at least 16 MBs of
RAM, running Windows 95 or higher
For more information, visit What You Need to Get Connected in wNetSchool's Internet Primer.
Before you begin, bookmark the following sites:
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Brooklyn Expedition -- Tips for new users
About two weeks.
Students should have some familiarity with the Internet and know how to use a Web browser.
Before the lesson, learn to make a column-type newspaper/newsletter layout in your word processor or desktop publishing program. Divide the class into groups and teach one person from each group how to use a word processor or desktop publishing program. This student will take on the role of editor, deciding what stories go where and completing the layout.Arrange to have each student get a notebook for this lesson. Students should add clipped newspaper articles, class notes, and helpful tips to this notebook.
Spend one period having students explore a real newspaper to find out how it is organized. Have students copy the table of contents into their notebooks. This will guide them in itemizing the contents of their own newspaper.
Use a publishing program to arrange all of the articles into a newspaper by cutting and pasting each into a template. This can be done either by students or the teacher. If your school has a wide carriage printer, this can be done in the same size as a newspaper.
- If your school is in the New York City area, take your students on a field trip to visit the museum. The phone number is (718) 638-5000. The museum has a wealth of special programs for school children.
- This activity can be adapted to other units throughout the year. Students can produce different editions each month. The editor's job can be rotated so that everyone has a chance to layout the newspaper. The first editor can help to train the new editors.
One Computer in the Classroom
Have each team use the computers to type and edit their stories. Have the editors in each group type and layout the group's newspaper on the computer. Have all of the editors work on the computers to complete the project at one time. Then, transfer all of the story documents to one computer with a disk, so that the editor can copy and paste the stories into one layout.
Several Computers in the Classroom
Have all of the editors work on the computers to complete the project at one time.
Have each team use the computers to type and edit their stories. Then, transfer all of the story documents to one computer with a disk, so that the editor can copy and paste the stories into one layout.
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