Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Final Exam Project Part 2

Section 2

  1. 'Billy started skipping classes in middle school. He recalls sharing a joint with friends as he strolled around Fulmore Middle School. By seventh grade, he'd miss school for weeks at a time. When he missed enough school, he'd get suspended. By the time he returned, he'd fallen further behind, making him feel lost, leading to more absences.' These words have an effect on me as a reader because it shows me Billy's past and the things that he did. It tells that even at a young age, he was getting in trouble, doing drugs, skipping school, etc. It makes me realize that he's been making some bad decisions and acting on them in the past from a young age, and it's going to take some work to get him back up on the right track. It also shows me that one bad thing that he's done keeps on leading to another and another, and his situation starts to seem impossible. The writer achieved this effect by writing it in a way in which one thing leads to another, and it shows it in a kind of cause and effect way. He also says that Billy is recalling all of this, which shows that the writer isn't exagerating/making any of this up, but paraphrasing it from Billy's own words, which gives it more meaning and a personal touch. He also doesn't say that Billy's falling behind in school, but gives the reasons as to why he is.

  2. 'She tries to interest Chip in school — but since September, she estimates he's attended only two months' worth of classes.' This delayed lead has an effect on me as a reader by showing me the mom's desperation to get her son interested in going to school, but her son doesn't care. It shows me both the mom's and her son's attitude about going to school. It made me feel a little sorry for both the mom and the son: the mom's trying to get her child intersted in going to school but he won't, and sorry/pity for the son b/c he's really making a bad choice by not going to school and it's going to hurt him a lot in the future. It made me think that if Chip doesn't start going to school regularly, then he might end up in the same situation that Billy's in.

  3. 'She's dressed up for her son's homecoming: a long-sleeve black shirt instead of her usual baggy T-shirt, light green slacks and dark lipstick. Her black hair, normally worn loose, is styled sleek and smooth against her head.' Then- Explain why you think the writer included that language. What effect was he trying to have on the reader? This is an example of imagery. The writer included this strong imagery to vividly describe what the mom is looking/dressed up like for her son's homecoming. I could really picture the mom dressed up like this, and the way that the writer describes the mom when she is casual and wearing everyday clothes, and the way she's dressed now implies that Billy coming home is really special for her and a special occasion, and I could understand what she might have been feeling at the moment, which is the effect that the writer was trying to have on the reader.

Section 3 - Headlines

Struggling on parole
Adjusting to life at home and as an adult, Billy tries to fulfill the items on an ambitious to-do list.

  1. Main Verb: Struggling (Primary Headline)

  2. Grammatical Subject: Parole (Primary Headline)

  3. I chose this headline as a good examples because a) it has both a primary & secondary healine. b) it has a subject and a verb in both headlines. c) the primary headline grabs your attention and the secondary headline gives information about the story and leads the reader into the story. d) there aren't any unnecessary words and gets the point across. e) verbs/nouns aren't passive/weak but active & strong.

Section 4 - Photojournalism

Billy Byers takes an automotive class while serving time at the Texas Youth Commission's Crockett State School in June.

Who: Billy Byers

What: Billy takes an automotive class

When: June

Where: Texas Youth Commission's Crockett State School.

Why: n/a

How: n/a

This photo meets the requirements of good photojournalism because it's candid. The photo frame is filled with interesting visual elements, such as a close-up of Billy himself and him holding a cloth in his hands making sort of a praying thing with his hands. You can also see his tatoo and his facial expression, and all of these elements show what Billy's personality is like. The photo is at a peak of emotion & you can tell that by Billy's facial expression, how he's kind of bowing down and the position of his hands. The photo also tells a story about what Billy's going through & how he's kind of struggling and he looks a bit overwhelmed/overworked. The photo has a good caption and informs the reader well about what's going on in the picture, including most of the 5 W's.

The photo adds a lot to the story, such as showing Billy's true personality and hard-working character, and you can also see that he looks a little overwhelmed/overworked. It can also show that he's going through a tough time and looking like he's a little desperate since he has his hands together. It makes my understanding of the story better becuase it shows Billy's true self and you can really sense his personality in this picture. It makes my understanding of the story better becuase now I really know who I'm reading about in the story, Billy, and I think I can understand more where he's coming from and know what his personality is and I think it relates to the story and the photo itself tells a story.

Section 5 - Design

I think that there are pros and cons to both the web version and the printed version. Web Version: On the web version of Billy's World, you can see more pictures, videos, slideshows, and get more information about the idea behing the story. There are galleries that you can see really good photos in, and a comments section where you can see what other people had to think about the story. What I don't like about the web version of Billy's World is that you have to read off of the computer and it's not really in a specific layout, they just typed it all in there. Printed Version: On the printed version, the layout is more specific and better planned out, and it's more convenient to just read the newspaper in your hands than to squint at the computer & read. What I don't like about the printed version is that there aren't as many pictures/galleries or slideshows & videos as in the web version. For me, the printed version layout is easier to read.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Final Exam Project Part 1

  1. a) Diagnosed with attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder in elementary school and placed on Ritalin, according to his mother, Billy more recently was identified as having bipolar disorder,a condition characterized by wide mood swings. b) She eventually left Billy's father. She met Marvin at their storefront church a few blocks away. Ruth moved from hersubsidized Oak Creek Village apartment to his Heights apartment. They were married two years ago this month.

  2. a) Billy's mother says he began stealing at an age when many kids are learning to read. ODDITY: This is really odd for me because I find it hard to imagine 5-6 year olds stealing and usually I think of an innocent kid with a baby face, and it's wierd to imagine them stealing up to the extent that Billy did. When I read this, I was trying to imagine why Billy would be stealing at such a young age and thought it was really odd. b) "It's not the high; it's the thoughts that come to me when I'm high," Billy says. "My skill just intensifies, knowwhaimsayin'? You know how they say you don't use the left side of your brain? I do when I'm high. Things I never thought before come to me." CONFLICT: The writer shows conflict of person vs. idea. The conflict is Billy (person) and his thoughts (idea) that come to him when he's high. This is a conflict because the thoughts that come to Billy when he's high aren't good & are often usually violent thoughts and stuff that will get him in trouble. It made me interested that he says that none of these thought occur to him when he's normal but when he's high, these thought come to him and he feels the willpower to do them. I was thinking that he probably shoudn't get high then when he knows that he's going to thing/do bad things when he's high. c) Four years ago, bored senseless in one of his seventh-grade classes, Ric started cutting his pencil erasers into smaller pieces. Those pieces eventually became shapes. The shapes turned into buildings. As he became more skilled, the buildings became detailed, then ornate.
    They formed cities, which inspired epic tales of civic growth and decay. Ric chronicles them in a journal. "The slums got worse and expanded to the north with many immigrants coming in from Shangridoom," he wrote. "Uptown, with its newer beautiful buildings, was very dangerous."
    The stories contain a whiff of reality. "This neighborhood always had nice houses," Ric says on a sunny day driving around his neighborhood near Johnston High. Old Chevrolet vans selling ice cream glide up and down the streets. "But the people inside ..."
    HUMAN INTEREST: The author made this part interesting because he wrote about something that I had never heard of before and thought was really interesting: sculptures made out of erasers. He also made it interesting because he elaborated the sculptures and wrote a lot about how they look like and the idea/meaning behind these eraser sculptures. This part is also interesting because the person who created these sculptures was getting into a lot of trouble at school, and these sculptures kind of saved him and brought him to use his talent to be successful.

  3. Liz says: "I want him to live up to his potential. I want him to stop hanging around here. Just get out. There's a whole world out there beyond these apartment complexes. These apartments have a way of owning you." and explain why the question is so good. This quote is so good because it's not a yes or no answer and it does a good job of really expressing her feelings and offers a solution to Billy's problem. It's insightful and I like how she personifies the apartment of 'owning' you. A question that might have led to this quote could have been 'What are your hopes & dreams for Billy in the future & how do you think he can achieve those things?' This question is good because it's not a yes or no question and can have many, many answers. It's asking something that a lot of people want to know about and is a question that kind of sums everything up, and it's kind of like an emotional question that you might have to think about, which shows that it's a good question.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Newspaper Design

1)2)3)4)5) ____________________________________
1) Headline: Pantry filled to overflowing
The body copy is present and talking about a food drive, the the headline is present, a photo of a volunteer stacking canned foods is present, and the art (lines) is present.
2) Modular story layout. Headline: 'Players' ID'd in Lutz deaths
3) Non-modular layout. Headline: 80 killed in Jaipur serial blasts
4) The infographic is located just on top of the body copy and to the right of the headline and sub-headline.
5) Challenge

Friday, May 9, 2008


  1. C1: 5/7/08 Boston's Kevin Garnett, right, tries to stop Cleveland's Joe Smith from driving to the basket during the Celtics' victory. Garnett scored 28 points as the Celtics held LeBron James to 12 points on 2-of-18 shooting. The photo meets the requirements of good photojournalism because the photo isn't candid, the frame is filled with interesting elements such as action. The photo's filled with a good close-uptwo basketball players blocking the basketball.The photo is telling a story about a block in a basketball game. The photo's caption is 2 sentences, meeting all of the requirements of how the caption is supposed to be structured. Who: Boston's Kevin Garnett and Cleveland's Joe Smith. What: Kevin tries to stop Joe from driving to the basket. When: During the Celtics' victory. Where: Doesn't mention where. Why: Doesn't mention why. How: Kevin tries to stop Joe from driving to the basket.

  2. C5: 5/5/08 Texzas' Kenn Kaparek pitches against Baylor on Sunday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in a 2-0 victory. The Longhorns are 12-12 in the Big 12 this season and will take a week off before resuming play. The photo meets the requirements of good photojournalism b/c the photo isn't candid, the frame is filled with interesting elements such as action and is at a high peak of action. The photo is telling a story about Kenn Kasparek's pitch against Baylor. The photo's caption is 2 sentences, and meets all of the requirements of how the caption is supposed to be structured. Who: Tesas' Kenn Kasparek. What: Pitches against Baylor. When: Sunday. Where: UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Why: Doesn't mention why. How: Doesn't mention how.

  3. C5: 5/7/08 San Jose's Milan Michalek shoots against Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco last week. Turco made a franchise-record 61 saves in a quadruple-overtime victory that ended the second-round series. The photo meets the requirements of good photojournalism b/c the photo isn't candid, the frame is filled with interesting elements such as a high peak of action. The photo is telling a story about a hockey shoot. The photo's caption is 2 sentences, and meets all of the requiremtns of how the caption is supposed to be structured. Who: San Jose's Milan Michalek and Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco. What: Milan shoots against Marty. When: Last week. Where: Doesn't mention where. Why: Doesn't mention why. How: Milan shoots against Marty.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


  1. Downtown will be more than 'just a place for rich people' verb: will be noun: downtown/'rich people' why it's a good example: It doesn't have any unnecessay nouns/verbs and catches your eye and isn't boring. The nouns are good.

  2. Changes afoot for 'ghost workers' verb: afoot noun: changes/'ghost workers' why it's a good example: It doesn't have any unnecessary words and catches your eye, and the wording is not boring. Both the verb and the noun are good.

  3. When success breeds failure verb: breeds noun: success why it's a good example: it doesn't have any unnecessary words and sounds interesting, which makes you want to read it. The sentence structure in interesting and grabs your attention. The verb/noun are good.

  4. There's a war on - anyone care? verb: on/care noun: war/anyone why it's a good example: this headline is connecting with the audience by making a personal approach. There are no unnecessary words and the headline sounds interesting, which makes you want to read on. It gets straight to the point and is short and simple.

  5. Bats bidding Austin farewell verb: bidding noun: bats/Austin why it's a good example: The verb/noun is good and there are no unnecessary words: it's short, simple, and gets straight to the point. It's interesting to read b/c the Bats have played in Austin for a while, and now they're going, so that's news. The headline grabs your attention.

  6. Recognize racing for the cruelty it is verb: recognize noun: racing why it's a good example: It's an interesting headline and there are no unnecessary words. The headline is active. It makes you want to read the story and grabs your attention.

Headline 6 rewritten: Racing isn't all it's up for

Friday, April 25, 2008

Statesman Feature Critique

  1. Hooray for Bollywood
  2. November 30, 2007
  3. The writer was trying to get the reader to understand the difference between the way Indian's and American's dress. He also wanted the reader to get a feel of how different the environment is in India than America. The writer achieved this by comparing himself, an American, and describing how he was dressed and looking like and feeling, and then comparing it to the rest of the Indian's standing next to him, which shows the differences.
  4. Who: Chris Garcia
    What: Indian Cinema
    When: November 9, 2007
    Where: Mumbai, India
    Why: Chris went to India to experience the movie cinema experience there and to see how cinema works in India and how different it is from America. Also went to see 2 movies that have just recently been released and are both very popular.
    How: He traveled to the India and went to the cinema and watched 2-3 movies there. He also kept a travel diary, in which he recorded all of his experiences, and compared them to American cinema.
  5. a)It's early November and a box office war of Bollywood titans has commenced on the subcontinent.
    b)...luxurious visuals, fabulously frilly song and dance numbers, blushingly broad comedy and sudsy melodrama, buckets of glycerin tears, miles of jangling bangles and jiggling bellies, all barely contained in nearly three-hour running times...
  6. This story affected me because it reminded me of India because I havn't been there in a while and it made me miss it. It also made me imagine about being in the theater in India and what it feels like and it felt a lot like I was also experiencing also what Chris experienced. It was also good in making people realize that in different countries, the movie experience is different.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Statesman News Critique

  1. Clinton wins latest vote
  2. April 23, 2008
  3. Who: New York Senator Hillary Clinton. What: Took a solid and crucial win over Illinois Senator Barack Obama. When: Tuesday. Where: The Pennsylvania Democratic Presidential primary in Philadelphia. Why: Wasn't mentioned in the lead. How: By extending the race at least 2 more weeks and keeping alive her uphill battle to capture the nomination.
  4. The newsworthy elements included in this article are timeliness and impact. They are included in the lead and the whole entire of the body of the paragraph. This makes the story important/interesting because the new president will affect everyone living in the country and it is happening right now. These things are also important to know so you know what the canditate stands for and who to vote for.
  5. "We can only keep winning if we can keep competing with an oppenent who outspends us so massivly," said New York senator Hillary Clinton.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Video Assignment

1. Eyesight Affects Grades

Folic Acid

Breakfast Reduces Obesity

Unpopular Girls Gain Weight?

ADHD and Drug Abuse

2. I liked the video Folic Acid the best.

3. This video is talking about how many babies are born premature each year, some so small that a wedding ring can fit onto their wrist. Research has shown that many of the premature births can be prevented by the pregnant women consuming folic acid, preferably during the first 28 days of pregnancy or even everyday. Premature babies may be born with problems, including not being able to open clenched fists.

4. The total shots in this video were 17.

5. Talking Head Shots: 5

6. Total Voice Over Shots: 12

7. Titles and Graphics are used in this video 5 times. All of the titles and graphics worked well for the movie.

8. Pan:0

I liked this video because it was very informative and interesting to know some of the things that they told us about. It also related to me because I have a lot of relatives who have experienced that same thing as the woman in the video. I also thought it was interesting that Folic Acid could prevent this type of thing.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

ISSUE Video Preview

  • On a scale from 1-10, I'm interested at a 9.
  • I would like to work with anyone who's cooperative & creative.
  • I don't have access to a digital video camera.
  • I don't really have any movie-making experience, only one is taping home videos.
  • Issues: 1) Global Issues - Poverty. 2) Human Equality. 3) 2008 U.S. Presidential Election

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

My Cartoon and SPECS

S Many obstacles are in the way of the U.S. econlmy, such as outsourcing, slowing wages, etc, which is bringing the economy down.

P The U.S. economy isn't going anywhere, and progress is slow.

E The U.S. dollar is decreasing, jobs are limited, wages are low, etc., as published in the A.A.S. newspaper.

C America can be expecting higher gas prices, lower wages, more outsourcing, expensive staple items, expensive cars and homes.

S The economy will have to pull it up a notch by removing the obstacles(outsourcing, etc.). We should find alternatives to gas, spend and save wisely, stick with our jobs before it gets outsourced, find bargains, etc.

New Schedule SPECS

S Periods 1-6 alternates on 1.5 hour blocks. Periods 7-8 meet everyday for 45 minutes.

P It's a bad idea: people not having athletics for 7 or 8 period will not benefit; class will go too fast for 7 and 8 periods; more tardies; teachers will have to adjust lesson plans big time.

E The idea came up during a meeting.

C Therefore, teachers will have to change lessonplans, students adjust to a new schedule and increased possible tardies. In 7 and * periods, you won't have much to time to do anything.

S I suggest we just stick with the current schedule for once!!!!!!!! aaaagh! Coaches who want to have athletics 7 or 8 period on this new schedule so they can have more time with their athletes should just extend practice time or switch all athletics to 7 or 8 period on normal block schedule. We should convince the principal or whoever is in charge of this that this schedule is 100% unnessessary and pointless.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Outlining my editorial cartoon

A. What is the situation that your cartoon refers to?

My cartoon is refering to the slowing u.s. economy, represented by a turtle going uphill struggling with obstacles.

B. What is your position (stance) on that situation?

U.S. economy is going to have to step it up to prosper.

C. Write some evidence that supports your position.

U.S. economy is having a hard time going "uphill to economic success" due to certain obstacles, like a turtle going uphill with many rocks and a humoungous fire in it's way.

D. What, in an ideal world would be your solution to the situation?

In an ideal world, we would not have those certain obstacles (we wouldn't do outsourcing, we would increase wages, etc.)

Friday, February 1, 2008

Planning My Cartoon

The topic of my cartoon is the slowing u.s. economy and the struggle to get to the top.

My opinion is that the economy is very slow with many obstacles in the way and is making no progress.

I will use an animal as a symbol, objects as a symbol, and text coming out of the animal's mouth.

Current Events - February 1, 2008

Date: February 1, 2008
Headline: Obama, Clinton go one-on-one for first time
Question: What three major issues did Obama and Clinton debated over?

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


This is a caricature of Pete Townshed from Kris's blog. His nose is extremely exagerated, and it takes up his whole entire face. His body is really small and his face, especially his nose, is humungous.

This is a caricature of the beatles. The part which is exagerated is their legs Their legs are made to look really long and skinny, like sticks. We get the effect that most of them were tall and really, really skinny.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Current Events - January 30, 2008

Date - Janurary 30, 2008
Headline - Winter storms in China strand holiday travelers
Question - What major accident occured in China once the blizzards began?

Date - January 29, 2008
Headline - Hawaii sets U.S. pace for alternative energy
Question - What are economic leaders trying to turn into fossil fuel from it's original state?

Date - January 29, 2008
Headline - Warrant out for U.S. Marine
Question - Why did Mexican police arrest the U.S. marine?

Political Cartoon Symbols

The symbols are the american flag, the republican elephant and the democratic donkey. It's saying that there are 2 americas: one a democratic and one a republican.

The symbol in this cartoon is uncle sam, who represents the u.s. government. The u.s. government is loaning a lot of money to japan, who seems to not really need that much.

The symbol in this cartoon is the statue of liberty which stands for liberty. She is crying which means liberty is failing in america.

The symbol in this cartoon is the republican elephant saying that the republicans are planning to stay in iraq longer than expected, when instead they wanted to do it with tax cuts.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Newspaper Scavenger Hunt

  1. A date other than today
  2. The high temperature in a major city
  3. A woman’s face
  4. A country outside the U.S.A
  5. A city within 100 miles of here
  6. A vehicle other than a car
  7. A movie that starts between 7:00 and 9:00 PM
  8. A word with at least three syllables
  9. The name of a TV show that ends at 9:00 PM
  10. A politician
  11. An example of good news
  12. Something that makes you smile

  1. Page A1 - "Brokeback" star Ledger was found dead yesterday, Jan. 22, 2008.
  2. Page B8 - The high temperature in Miami, Florida is 80 degrees.
  3. Page B5 - A woman whose picture is shown is Betty Jo Basham Longest.
  4. Page A3 - Israel is a country outside of U.S.A. who is providing fuel to Gaza.
  5. Page A1 - Bastrop corruption case yields guilty pleas.
  6. Page F2 - A 2003 Ford 150 XL truck has a pricetag of $6,900.
  7. Page E9 - "The Devil wears Prada" movie starts on HBO2 at 8:30 PM.
  8. Page B7 - The word "computer" under Fry's Electronics.
  9. Page E9 - "The moment of truth" ends at 9:00 on the Fox Channel.
  10. Page A4 - Politicain Obama is fighting against both of the Clintons.
  11. Page C1 - Basketball player Daniel Gibson is even better in his 2nd NBA season.
  12. Page E6 - I thought the cartoon "B.C." was really funny.