To Middle School Journalists: Writing Yearbook Story Paragraph Layout

In middle school, you are learning how to expand your vocabulary and speak in front of a large class. But if you love writing and have an interest in joining the yearbook staff, here are some story ideas you can write about regarding your graduating class:

#1 Paragraph: Describe the beginning of your graduating class. First impressions matter the most.

Example: When we entered our first year of middle school, it was difficult to communicate with one another since we came from different places. Learning to know each other took a bit of time and effort but now we understand ourselves at a faster rate since we have completed our sixth grade together.

#2 Paragraph: Describe experiences from beginning to end.

Example: At our first pep rally, we had a blast. From winning the spirit stick to befriending seventh and eighth graders to field trips and joining extracurricular activities, our sixth grade experience has been once in a lifetime memorable flashback we will never forget. 

#3 Paragraph: Conclusion.

Example: To conclude our first year of middle school experience, we welcome the upcoming sixth grade class to join us at a meet-and-greet orientation where our class speaks among the crowd regarding our experiences and how they can enjoy their first year without stressing out as to how many homework assignments they will have to complete on a daily basis. Congratulations class of 2023, we have accomplished one year and look forward to spending time with one another within the next few months to come. 

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Writing a Short Story part I-Daisy’s One Month Stay at Dogs Drool and Rule Academy:

“It is twelve in the afternoon and the temperature outside is perfect. Not too hot and not too cold. Daisy and the other animals from different areas in the mansion lined up at the door, waiting to be released into the backyard in order to play softball. The groups will be split, accordingly by those who are the newest members that now live at the mansion for a month and those who have lived longer at the mansion over a one month period. The staff split them up and now it is time for the oldest members to hit the ball while the newest members run to the field and strike three players out in order to be next team to step up to the plate and reach their goal by hitting the ball over a small, white picket fence.”

Writing Advice: Shorten Your Sentences, The Better

Even though I love to write long sentences to stretch my paragraphs, it is best to know what you are writing and shorten your sentences as much as possible. Here are some examples of how you can do this:

#1 (Long): Today, there was this group of high school bullies that were in the back of the bus while shoving and pushing middle school kids to the front of the school bus.

#1 (Short): Today, a group of high school students shoved and pushed middle school kids to the front of the bus.

Or…

-One group of high school freshmen sat in the back of the school bus and did not allow the middle school kids to sit near them.

I know these are some boring scenarios, but re-write what you think is best for your English papers. If y’all have any great examples to share, please feel free to leave a comment anytime.

Do Not Show Fear of Your Writing Skills:

When I was in middle school, I was terrible at writing, even though I loved to do it as my favorite activity. I admit that I was horrible at using punctuation correctly and adding words in sentences that did not make sense. Little did I know that I would become a blogger and share this with other bloggers. Honestly, in my mind, I thought I was a writer, but in actuality, I was not much of one due to plenty of errors on my written assignments I encountered throughout my years of middle school and high school. Even though I was shy to ask for help, I went to college and my writing skills improved when I asked my English professor for help, although I continue to see some mistakes in my papers when I read aloud.

The point being is: do not be afraid to show how you write. Yes, criticism can hurt, but if you accept constructive feedback from your friends, family, bloggers and professors, you will be able to step up your game and enhance your writing capabilities. Don’t be afraid to seek out for help because that is what teachers and professionals within the subject are there for.

Photography & Writing: Ever Wondered How You Can Do Both?

When you think of writing and photography, you will probably think of a newspaper staff or a yearbook committee, interviewing and taking pictures of students, faculty, staff and other people around the school. But the question is: do you think you can manage taking pictures and write an interview at the same time? It is not as easy as it looks when multi-tasking from interviewing someone to grabbing a professional camera and snap a photo of them. If you can do both, that’s great. With all of this new technological devices coming into display, it’s not as hard for you to interview and click the button on a camera because you can take images with your camera phone, Kodak camera or any other technological tool you can use to take pictures.

My Free Time At Blogging Different Topics:

Although I have classes in the morning and early afternoon times from Monday through Thursday and one early in the morning on Fridays, I still have free time to log on and publish another post of the day. Now that I am in the routine of getting up, walking to class, taking a break in between my studies and watching t.v. shows from the 1990s, I need to at least come up with an interesting topic to write on here for the night but it seems as if my ideas are running out.

From posting about my animals to writing about me attempting to cook 3 fried eggs to publishing about college education and beyond, I still wonder what other subjects are great for a blog post of the day.

What ideas do you usually try to write about in your free time?

Blogging Posts Constantly:

Quite often, I find myself blogging constantly, rushing myself into publishing my posts and expect to receive tons of feedback. It seems as if I am blogging too much or the fact that I am writing many topics that are commonly similar or not as interesting. I seems as if I am on-the-go when it comes to blogging. After I proofread, I soon hit the blue button “Publish.” I am wondering that I need to slow down and think of an interesting topic that readers would enjoy viewing. It’s like when I publish one blog post, I will post another within a day or so.

Does everyone else feel as if they rush to publish their blogs constantly?

The Point of Writing And Blogging:

From the time I started writing, I loved it. I enjoyed learning about pronouns, verbs and other pieces of information from elementary and middle schools. In high school, I enjoyed writing papers, but the topics were not as interesting and were somewhat useful until I entered college.

Now in my second year of college and already a beginner in blogging, writing is still my passion. This blog serves its purpose by explaining that the point of blogging is to practice and use your writing abilities in a creative, passionate and professional manner.

Writing classes, terminology usage, tutorials and blogging for fun are as useful and helpful as possible.