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Word Processing with Pizzazz

John Hopkins
Lee County School District

Description

Are your students getting the most out of word processing? This lesson gives students an opportunity to use a word processor and some of its tools to create an exciting and visual autobiography.

Objectives

The student uses electronic technology, including word-processing software and electronic encyclopedias, to create, revise, retrieve, and verify information.

Materials

-Student computers (preferably a lab)
-One disk per student
-Teacher station
-Sample letter, one copy per student (See Associated File)
-Checklist, one copy per student (See Associated File)
-Sample letter with pizzazz, one teacher copy (See Associated File)
-LCD Projector (optional)
-Screen (or white board)
-Digital camera
-Color printer preferred

Preparations

1. Download and copy the sample letter (See Associated File) so that the students can see what they will be learning to do with the word processor. (Note: You may also choose to design your own sample letter.)
2. Download the sample letter with pizzazz to refer to during the demonstration on Day 1. (See Associated File)
3. Copy the sample letter file to the student disk and to the teacher computer station. Save the file as “letter.”
4. Have a hard copy of the Checklist for each student. (See Associated File)
5. Take a picture of each student with the digital camera and save it to the student’s disk.
6. Make sure the color printer has toner.
7. Create a Teacher Autobiography that addresses all items on the Checklist.

Procedures

NOTE: A prerequisite to teaching this lesson is to have a good understanding of using Microsoft Word. If you need to brush up on word processing skills, see the Weblinks section below for access to a tutorial.

DAY 1
1. Show the sample letter that the students will be working on and identify the modifications that they will learn how to do. (See Associated File) These include changes to the font, size, style, color, adding a table, adding WordArt and inserting graphics.

2. Distribute 3˝" floppy disks to students. Have students open the "letter" that is on their disks. Double-click the desktop icon "My Computer." Navigate to the 3˝" Floppy (A:) and double-click on it. Open the file called "letter." If you are using a Mac, you can double-click the Word icon on the desktop.

3. From the teacher station, demonstrate how to "highlight" a word in the letter. While the word is highlighted, demonstrate how to use the "Bold" command, the "Italics" command, the "Underline" command and how to change the color of the word. Instruct the students to repeat the process with three other words. Have students then share with a neighbor what they have done. (Note: Throughout the practice session, circulate and formatively assess students as they use the technology tools. Provide assistance for students who are experiencing difficulty and monitor accordingly.)

4. Highlight the greeting of the letter. Demonstrate how to change the "Font" of the text in the greeting. Have the students repeat the process with both the greeting and the closing. Tell students to share with a neighbor what they have done.

5. Demonstrate how to insert a "graphic" from the ClipArt Gallery. Have the students repeat this process and add two graphics to the letter. Let the students then share with a neighbor what they have done.

6. Demonstrate how to insert a graphic from a file. Navigate to the floppy drive and locate the picture on the disk. Select the picture and choose "Insert." Tell the students to repeat this process by navigating to their floppy disk, locating the graphic and bringing the graphic into their letter. Share this process with a neighbor.

7. Demonstrate how to add a "Table" to the letter and fill information into the cells of the Table. The students repeat this process and add a table to their letter. The students then share with a neighbor what they have done.

8. Demonstrate how to delete the greeting of the letter and then insert "WordArt" for the greeting. The students repeat this process and create a greeting using WordArt. The students then share with a neighbor what they have done.

9. Demonstrate how to "Save" the document. The students repeat the process and save their work.

10. Demonstrate how to "Print" the document. The students repeat the process and print their work.

11. Collect students' printed documents.

12. Assess the printed documents. Offer assistance to any students who show the need for extra practice.

DAY 2
1. Return the students' work from the previous day. Work with any students who need extra help.

2. Introduce the autobiography assignment by reading and showing your own autobiography. Include the modifications that were made using the skills from the lesson the day before.

3. Distribute the Checklists. (See Associated File) Go over the criteria that needs to be included in their documents.

4. Tell students to complete a rough draft of their autobiographies on paper or on the computer.

5. Once the rough draft is finished, students begin to make the required modifications to their documents using the word processing software.

6. When the documents are completed, have the students save and print their work.

DAY 3
1. Have the students present their autobiographies to the class, showing the modifications that they made to their documents. (This can be done with a hard copy or using the LCD projector.)

2. Instruct the students to turn in their autobiographies. Be sure students' names are on their documents.

3. Use the Checklist to assess the students' work. (See Associated File)

Assessments

Evidence: Students’ modified letters and completed autobiographies

Criteria: Each requirement on the Checklist (See Associated File) should be accomplished at least once on each document.

Note: Circulate and formatively assess students as they use the technology tools. Provide assistance for students who are experiencing difficulty and monitor accordingly.

Extensions

1. Mac and PC users who do not have Microsoft Word can use this lesson with Claris Works, Microsoft Works, AppleWorks or any other word processor with minor modifications.
2. This lesson could be extended by teaching the students how to:
-copy, move and replace text;
-change margins;
-use the Thesaurus;
-use Spell Check;
-insert Bullets and Numbering.
3. ESE students who complete 8 of the 10 items on the Checklist may be accepted as passing.

Web Links

Web supplement for Word Processing with Pizzazz
Microsoft Word Tutorial

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