At Dunbar, our Media Arts Pathway classes produce our school media, PLD Lamplighter. Under this umbrella of programs including WPLD and our Torch podcast, we offer instruction that leads students to career exploration in video broadcasting and print, online and broadcast journalism.
Video Studio Fundamentals
This course is for first year staff members in grades 9-12. Click for the syllabus
Studio Directing & Performance
This course is for second year staff members in grades 10-12. Click for the syllabus
Advanced Studio Production
This course is for third year staff members in grades 11-12. Click for the syllabus
In this independent study, the student and teacher will personalize their syllabus and assignments; this course is offered to grades 11-12 only
Media Internships require teacher permission.
Formative-0% (daily work/mini-lessons)
Summative-70% (weekly assignments based on your role in the organization)
Employability-10% (meeting deadlines and being professional in behavior and actions)
Final Exam-20% (a portfolio/profile)
*The final exams in all courses will consist of a portfolio of the student's work for that semester. Re-takes are not available for final exams or projects.
Course Fee and Expenses
This course has a class fee of ($25) for the school year which is included in your school fees. This fee covers all materials used in class throughout the year and is paid directly to Dunbar when you pay your other fees.
All students must purchase a T-shirt ($15) and a button ($1). All students must also purchase a ($5) press pass sticker in order to cover Dunbar sporting events (students can use this throughout the year to waive fees for sporting events they are covering at home or away). Lost buttons or stickers will have to be replaced.These expenses are paid directly to PLD Lamplighter to cover production costs of these items.
Optional fees may include field trips, conventions, conference and contest fees.
The goal is to help all students reach or exceed mastery for the standards of this program. Formative assignments will be used routinely to develop individual, small group, and whole-class instruction. It is meant to lay a foundation for learning and production; therefore, it will not factor into the final grade. Students will be responsible for the information given during these formative lessons. Please note that a student's opportunity to complete a reassessment is based on his or her completion of formative assignments.
Summative assessments measure achievement on standards. In this project learning class, summative assessments will take the form of published products including video, photography, and/or writing. Because students are responsible for one piece of a larger puzzle, failure to complete summative assessments affect EVERYONE ELSE. A student's employability grade is directly related to these summative assessments.
Advanced Mastery (5) The student demonstrates evidence of mastery at a higher level of rigor or complexity than the standard states.
Mastery of Standard (4) The student demonstrates evidence of mastery at the level of rigor that is consistent with the language of the standard.
Approaching Mastery (3) The student demonstrates evidence of mastery of most of the learning goals associated with the standard, but does not demonstrate mastery on the full grade-level standard.
Developing Skills (2) The student demonstrates evidence of partial mastery of most of the learning goals associated with the standard.
Not Yet (0.1) The student demonstrates little or no evidence of mastery of the learning goals associated with the standard (typically by failing to demonstrate the knowledge, processes, skills, and/or understandings stated in the standard).
Missing (M) The student does not submit the required work.
All students will have at least one opportunity to improve their learning results on a summative assessment of a standard (excluding final exams and employability) after the following have occurred:
Please help us raise funds for equipment and other expenses by adding PLD Lamplighter to your Kroger Card. Go to https://www.kroger.com/account/communityrewards/. Our organization number is WL448 and is listed as Paul L Dunbar HS Newspaper.
During class, personal devices are to be used for instructional purposes only. When technology is being used during instructional time, the teacher will tell the student to put away the phone, document the infraction, and write an office referral for “failure to follow directions.”