South High English --- South High Clock Tower

Course Syllabus -- Fall 2004

Mr. Glover

Room 252
Phone: (303) 698-6100 ext. 6251

Course description

This course serves as a basic introduction to Journalism and the skills involved in writing, researching, interviewing, and media presentation.  The course will focus mainly on newspaper writing, but other journalistic skills and media will be considered as well, including photography, design, and advertising.  By teaching the range of skills needed to be an adept journalist, I hope to prepare you, the students, to be a part of the Gargoyle staff next year.


Blue or black pens
Spiral notebook
Three-ring binder
Loose leaf paper
Student planner
Textbook – Introduction to Journalism.  McDougal Littell, 2001. (Provided)

Although cameras, tape recorders, and similar devices are not required for the class, students will be encouraged to use such devices if they are available.


Students will come to class prepared to work with the required materials listed above.  Cell phones, pagers, CD players, and other similar electronic devices will not be permitted in class.  Soda and candy will not be permitted in class; however, bottled water will be allowed.  All South High School polices will be followed in class, and each student will be respectful to his or her self and others in the classroom.

Attendance and Tardy policy

Regular classroom attendance is required to be successful in this course.  Students who miss a total of  4 days (unexcused) during the nine-weeks grading period will fail the course.  Also, it is the student’s responsibility to find out what materials have been covered in class when an absence occurs.  It would be advisable to get at least one classmate’s phone number in order to find out what material has been covered in class.  All students will be granted three tardies in each class per grading period.  On the second tardy, I will inform parents of the current tardy status and the next consequence.  On the fourth tardy, a referral will be given to the Dean of Students listing the dates of the tardies and the date of parent contact.  The student will then receive an assignment to Saturday School.  On the fifth tardy, the student will receive an in-school suspension and a parent conference for reentry into school. 


In order to prepare students for the reality of deadlines, late homework will not be accepted unless due to an unforeseen excused absence.   All written homework will be completed and turned in the following class period unless otherwise indicated.  Homework will usually consist of reading and/or writing assignments.  Stories and articles that are assigned will have a reasonable amount of time allotted for completion.


Grades are based on performance on homework, tests and quizzes, group projects, and final projects.    The following is the grading scale adopted by the English department for the 2003-2004 school year:

A – 90-100%
B – 80-89%
C – 70-79%
D – 60-69%
F – 59% and below

Also, please remember that I am here to help you. I am available 30 minutes before school, during lunch and during my planning periods. You may also contact me via e-mail with any questions you may have and I will respond as soon possible. I want each and every one of you to be successful in this class!


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