The (almost) finished newspaper

Well, I promised I’d post the school newspaper, and here it is.  This isn’t quite a final draft.  I need to add one more picture, and I’m sure there will be some fussy little details to edit.  If you see any glaring mistakes, let me know.  (But keep in mind that these were written in just a few hours by Korean middle-school students.)

If you missed my previous post about the school newspaper, you can read it here.

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13 Responses to “The (almost) finished newspaper”

  1. Mom on December 5th, 2008 8:37 am

    I found a typo. In the interview with “Ann”, on page 1, you have “Korean-syle” instead of style. Otherwise, I’m impressed. You have some well-written articles from middle school students. Watch out for Choi Dong Seok. He’ll probably be quite a scientist someday!

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    mike.sapak Reply:

    Thanks, Mom. Yeah, Dong-seok’s a bright kid. I had fun working on that story with him.

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  2. Tim Marco on December 5th, 2008 10:20 am

    I don’t know if this is because your students are (presumably) learning English in a more formalized sense, but I have to say that I’m a little concerned that this is better-written than most anything I’ve seen American middle-school students write….

    Oh, this country is screwed.

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    mike.sapak Reply:

    It took a fair amount of coaching and editing to get it this polished, but they are smart kids and hard workers.

    I think the educational system here does a pretty good job of sucking the creativity out of everything it touches, though. Great for turning out middle-managers, maybe not so great for innovation.

    However, the 5-day work-week is a fairly recent development here, and the current administration wants to go back to working Saturdays.

    You might be right, we could be screwed.

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  3. Anna on December 5th, 2008 10:41 am

    I forgot that Erin was going around as Ann. Weird. Anyway, I’m impressed.

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    mike.sapak Reply:

    Yeah, half the teachers know her as Erin, but to the students she’s still Ann. It’s a bit confusing.

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  4. Sandy K on December 5th, 2008 4:11 pm

    Another typo–second page, the article about Melamine–2nd to last paragraph…”trying to find (?) all….” instead of fine.
    Actually, I’m very impressed with their work. I wish I could speak another language as well as they write English!
    Hi to “Ann” for me!

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    mike.sapak Reply:

    Thanks, Aunt Sandy. Their reading and writing skills are really top-notch. Even more surprising, some of these kids would speak very little English. But if you give them written instructions and a piece of paper, they come across as fluent.

    I wish my Korean was half as good as their English.

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  5. Drew on December 8th, 2008 1:45 am

    Oh man, this is awesome. I’m loving the article on e-sports. Are you picking up any sweet starcraft tips?

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  6. Clay on December 8th, 2008 1:28 pm

    This is awesome Mike. I finally understand what happens inside the LHC!

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  7. Mom on December 15th, 2008 8:11 am

    So what’s new with the newspaper? Do we get to see the final version? Are the kids adding more to fill up the space where stories were edited out, or are you just trying to sell advertisements to take up the space?

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