Year 7/8- Today in Oral Communication we discussed tabloids and sensationalism in journalism. We picked a few topics from our Discussion Starters book and had a roundtable discussion followed by individual "reporting" of the topics in a more sensationalized style. The students did a fantastic job with this and really grasped the concepts of communicating within a tabloid framework. Excellent! There is no homework tonight.
Year 9/10- In 9/10 we discussed human interest stories as this will be the focus of our main project this term (more on that to come). We spent the rest of the class working on persuasive "advertisement" speeches and presenting these. The students did a great job with these, especially considering they were being put on the spot in a very short time period and we had some productive peer assessment of the speeches as well. There is no homework tonight.