A committee of MIPA advisers has  aligned radio, TV, photography, newspaper and yearbook courses to the state’s Visual Performing and Applied Arts standards. Beginning with the class of 2010, every student must have one credit in the VPAA category to graduate.

We have also aligned newspaper, yearbook and beginning journalism classes to the state’s English Language Arts standards and created a model unit using the film “Shattered Glass” as the anchor text.

This sample unit is not meant to be all-inclusive, and teachers wanting to obtain ELA credit for their newspaper or yearbook classes should be sure to incorporate all the expectations as described in the Michigan Merit Unit Framework for the grade they intend to offer newspaper or yearbook as ELA credit.

The Curriculum and Standards Committee at Work