Laying out the high school paper
Ironwood Ridge High School
Title: Laying out the high school paper
- Students will practice the elements necessary to create a modular design layout.
- Students will practice the skills necessary to evaluate effective layout and design.
- Students will demonstrate communication skills through their layout and design.
- Students, as part of a team, will create a five-column grid for an 11"" x 17"" tabloid.
Students will have completed a basic introduction to the course including journalism terminology and basic layout information prior to beginning this identification activity.
- Using a cut and paste approach, students will review several publications and identify:
- the story
- the headline
- photos and captions
- pull quotes
- other design elements that may appear in individual choice articles.
- Students will label each element and experiment with various layouts of their identified sections
- Following the creation of several dummies, the students will share their creations with their individual study teams (groups of 5-6 students) and explain their decision-making process.
- The teams will evaluate their team efforts using pp. 327-328 of "School Newspaper Adviser's Survival Guide."
- The teams will then use their practice efforts to create a modular layout for a team-designed publication.
- The teams will then present their efforts to the entire class for a large group discussion/evaluation meeting.
- Add advertising
- Create a design display ad
- Following several lessons in photography, the students will practice ""picturing the news""
- Determine the layout goals for our publication
"School Newspaper Adviser's Survival Guide"