Second graders in Stacy Bodin’s
class at Dozier Elementary in Erath, Louisiana recently wrote produced and filmed their own
newscast. The K-DOZ TV 2 (Dozier’s Kids News Channel) project
which targeted thirty nine Louisiana Grade Level Expectation elements.
The Newscast consisted
of reports at the national,
state, local, parish and school levels. Through a variety of sources,
story lines were researched and written. A weather report was presented, as well
as a sports segment. The news report had an unusual twist which Miss
Louisiana Jennifer Dupont, who visited the school on Thursday, April 14th. A
second grade student was able to film her visit and became part of the News
report. Several student were interviewed on the importance of technology in the
The process began
with a “production meeting”, in which the class and
their teacher brainstormed ideas about a newscast. Questions were presented
and discussed. Question addressed were… What is a newscast? What happens on a
news report? Names some segments on the news you have seen. What was National,
State and Local News? What was involved in weather and sports reports? How does
the news affect everyone? How important are weather reports? What kind of role
do they play in our world? After an in-depth discussion and answer session,
topics for their newscast surfaced. The meeting ended with students
volunteering for the roles in a newscast and how would the topics be researched.
The class divided themselves into groups for
the production. In the “Anchor Crew”, it was decided that the Co Anchors
and Reporters were responsible for reporting their segments. While in the
“Production and Filming Crews” the responsibilities were in producing and
filming the production.
Voted on to be researched at
the National Level, was a story that involved the Presidential
Inauguration, which would lead into a segment called, "In Office Again".
This particular portion focused on President George W. Bush's
For the state news, the students opted to report on “Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco's
first year in office. For local news, the writing crew
prepared a segment on “Erath’s upcoming 106th birthday” on May
16, 2005. Weather and sports reports were also written and presented by
the students. Parish segments on Technology with leaders, included a recent
interview with "Dozier's Eye on Tech" Reporters in which a group interviewed the
Superintendent and two Assistant Superintendents in the Parish. A special
message was also shared from LCET Assistant Director Cyn
Bertand concerning the school's new Online Newsletter.
Two special guests
were invited to be interviewed for the newscast.
Dozier Elementary’s Principal Elizabeth Gremillion and
Assistant Principal Dawn Amy were interviewed by students. Gremillion and Amy were questioned
about their thoughts on Dozier Elementary.
the scenes the production and writing crews also played pivotal roles in the
newscast. Once videoed with a digital
video camera, the production was transferred and edited by their teacher.
The newscast was transferred to a DVD to be shared at a school assembly.