Syllabus and SOP Highlights
Graphics Instructor: George
Loker, Lamar University, Career Technology/Vocational and Administration Certification
Brook HS, Beaumont ISD Location: Rm
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have read over the complete Syllabus/SOP...so please review each link in
addition to the brief detail below.
Same site...just an easier URL pointing to the school website. Alternate backup website at
(in case the school site is down...but this site is not current)
Course Description and Objectives - We will create a portfolio of work for competition and
public displays, such as the Texas Rice Festival and the State Fair,
as well as the End of Year Contest and Show at Parkdale Mall. Comm II
& III will be an excellent extension of Comm I, where we will
continue to enhance our knowledge of black & white film photography, digital
photography and desktop publishing with the addition of special photographic
processes, videography, and video editing as well as additional contests. There
are several regularly scheduled assignments throughout the year. For instance,
on the 3rd Wednesday of each 6-weeks, a magazine picture selection assignment
is due that requires you to look through magazines for examples of the
practical application of what we study. Beginning in the 3rd 6-weeks, a major
photo project will be due each 6-weeks. This project will be mounted for
display and contest purposes and will represent a major grade (4x, or roughly
30%). A photo PowerPoint presentation will be produced at the end of the year
using photos from throughout the year. Students will have additional class
assignments throughout the year along with tests covering such things as
equipment usage and vocabulary.
Please see supply link for
a complete list of required supplies and equipment. A basic amount of B&W photo paper
will be issued to complete the two darkroom assignments, however, student may
want to purchase additional silver based photo paper at school. Additional supplies: Film, film processing, and commercial print
enlargements will need to be purchased during the course of the year. Some
supplies may be available for purchase in the classroom.
Please don't rush out and buy a camera just yet. There are several supplies
that do need to be purchased ASAP, and I will be checking for these supplies to
be here in your locker by the end of the 3rd week. Please read the supply list
carefully as it indicates when and where items are needed. However, as you
consider a camera to purchase, there are three sizes to consider. Pocket, Mid
and Full sized. We will talk more about this in the weeks to come.
Document Access - By the 2nd week of school, please
create a Google Drive account at:
Click on SignIn and then SignUp. You will need access to your classroom
documents at home from time to time, especially if you are absent, fall behind,
or manage your pictures at home. Regardless, even if you NEVER need to work
access the documents at home, the Google Drive account MUST be setup OFF
the entire classroom has been LOCKED by GOOGLE for new accounts due to too many
accounts being generated by the computers in our room (Spam and Bogus Account
Protection). Other Online accounts a student will learn to work with include: PicasaWeb and Dropbox. Students are welcome to start working with these earlier
than the rest of the class.
Overview: Project grades are based on completion. Daily
Focus work counts toward weekly grade, so that each student
will have 5-6 single grades from their daily. All projects, computer and
photographic, count as 2x, 3x or 4x single grades depending on the amount of
time spent on that project. If a student has fifteen grades for the six weeks,
all grades will be totaled and divided by 15. There is a 6 weeks
vocabulary and concept test at the end of each 6 weeks, which counts as one
single grade. The total number of grades works out to be approx 60% Major,
Project grades and 40% Minor, Daily grades. There is a final exam each semester
and is to count 20 percent of the semester grade.
Academic Dishonesty - Cheating will be
dealt with very strictly. Copying work from another student, even if not a
test, is cheating. Emailing one's work to another student for the purpose of
cheating will also be dealt with very strictly. Parents will be contacted to
determine a resolution as to loss of grade or administrative action.
(~30% of the class grade) - Each day, you will have a startup computer activity
that will take between 5-10 minutes. It is imperative that you keep up with
this on a daily basis. It will be graded on the last Tuesday of each 6 weeks
during class. If it is not ready to grade, you will receive a late penalty
reducing your overall class grade by at least a letter.
Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Reteaching - In addition to the
specific links on this page to the Focus and Daily Lesson, and Grading Details,
and Extra Lab Time, and Learning Resources, and teacher monitoring of student
progress, it is important for students to make sure they are asking for help
when it is needed.
All 6 weeks test will be Taken
Home. Yes, this makes
it easier, but you will have to be responsible for getting the test, completing
it home that night, and returning with the test to be graded in class the
following day. If you are absent on the day the test is handed out, you will
need to take the test off the Internet. If you do NOT have the test on the
following day, 20 points will be deducted for being late assuming you turn it
in the NEXT day.
Major Assignments - All assignments are
listed out for each 6 weeks. Some are repeating assignments. Please plan ahead
as weather and other circumstances may prevent last minute efforts.
- many of the assignments, mostly computer projects, have soft
deadlines...which means you should be done by a certain date and that we are
moving on as a class, but I will still accept these types of projects for full
credit until the end of the 6 weeks. Some projects, mainly rough drafts for
computer projects, the magazine selection assignments, and quizzes, have strict deadlines.
If you miss the deadline, you will loose 20 points.
- Daily attendance is a must in a hands-on course such as this. There is
little that can be made up outside of class. Although this is an elective,
please try to schedule necessary appointments either after school or
another time as new concepts are presented every day. In addition, the
school tardy policy is strictly followed…so please be on time. If you are
involved in a school activity (or any activity) that is going to take you out of the
classroom a lot, please be prepared for extra due diligence on your part to
stay caught up.
Calendar - Please use a Calendar of some sort. I recommend a small,
pocket calendar and/or notepad for keeping up with thing that need to be
Online Documents -
To run as green of class as possible, most documents are online. I/we don't
print unless really necessary. Even most class projects are submitted online.
If you want a hard copy of a document, print it at home.
In the case that a hard copy is handed out, only
1 handout per person.
If you loose a handout, it is your responsibility to access the online version
and print as necessary at home.
Off Campus Internet Access is encouraged.
If you are absent from class, you are expected to access the class website on
the day of your absence. Given the prevalence of Internet capable phones, even
if you don't have Internet access, you are expected to use a friends access, or get to
a neighbor’s home computer, or pop-by the library.
Tutorial/Extra Lab Time - See link for additional
Learning Resources - See the link for tips on how
parents can help at home, and other resources.
- I rely heavily on the idea that "To teach is to learn twice". There
are a lot of you, and one of me. So, peer tutoring is a class expectation. We
work together as a class which means that you all set the pace. As long as you
all are working on a project, you will have more time on a project. However,
many of you will finish up a project ahead of the class. When you are done, you
are expected to either help others, or work on additional examples for the
Student Data, Equipment Use
Form sheets will be handed out shortly and is expected back in on
the next class day and are online if you lose your copy.
- See Class
Procedures for additional details on the classroom
procedures and guidelines. All
official school rules are STRICTLY followed.
Most discipline issues are handled with in the classroom with
teacher assigned detention and parent contact as well as couch/sponsor contact
if possible. Initially, challenges are document visually. Minor steps to
correct challenges are handled with just the students, then a parent and/or
coach/sponsor/counselor as appropriate.
Lab safety - A safety lesson is conducted to
orientate students to the unique hazards which exist in this lab. Because I
have more students than stations in the darkroom, with students in multiple lab
areas, proper behavior is especially important. Students who can not be trusted
in this facility will be removed.
Photographic Concepts & Projects
Camera handling techniques, Photograph processing, Darkroom Techniques: Dodging and Burning, Chemical
procedures**: Film Developing, Toning
composition: Fill the Frame, Leading Lines, Framing, Rule of thirds, Photo themes:
Near and far, Self expression, Moments with Friends, Three views
Stop Action & Motion Rendition, Portraits, Portraits with Props, Magazine cover. Collages, Toning**. Long Exposure, Other Special Effects, Digital Darkroom (digital cameras), Special Topics**
Computer Concept & Projects
AppleWorks, Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Premiere**, GoogleDocs: Doc, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Animoto, Prezi
Greeting cards, Calendars, CD Cover, Construction projects, Note Pads, Business Cards**, Poster Design, Web page Creation in the form of Gallery and Portfolio
Building, Graphic Art, Computer Generate Graphics (drawings), Brochure layout**, Photo Montages, Photo Text, Poster Design, Presentation Slide Show, Video Production**:
Music Video, Video Short, DVD Creation