Teacher-Facing Resources

Type:Lesson

Estimated Time:15 minutes

Grades:6-8

Score Type:Automatically Graded

Work completed by a student will be automatically graded and the grade will be sent to the Learning Management System (LMS) gradebook

Available Languages: English, Spanish


Primary Objectives:

  • Student learns to use desktop publishing software to create various types of materials.
  • Student learns to set and use column and gutter guides to ensure consistency in the layout design.
  • Student learns to add and adjust text and graphic elements in desktop publishing software.
  • Student understands that appropriate use of white space is important in creating an effective layout.
  • Student learns to add images to a layout and to wrap text around images.
  • Student learns to duplicate elements and add these to the overall layout.
  • Student learns to group separate elements together in desktop publishing software in order to create one element.
  • Student learns to align objects and elements in a layout.
  • Student learns to use templates in desktop publishing software.

Secondary Objectives:

  • Student learns that consistent and clean visual design is very important in order to produce effective and professional publications.
  • Student considers the audience and the format of the publication when designing a layout using desktop publishing software.

Subjects:

Bold Italicized Headings Layout

Language Arts > Writing > Visual Aids Expository > Bold Italicized Headings Layout

Desktop Publishing 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Software Applications > Desktop Publishing 

Draw Conclusions

Language Arts > Communication > Listening Strategies / Context > Interpret / Infer > Draw Conclusions

Evaluate elements of design 

Technology Education > Media Literacy > Evaluate elements of design 

Formatting and Preparation

Library Media > Information Literacy > Student Use - Digital Media > Student Projects/Presentations > Formatting and Preparation

Formatting and Preparation

Technology Education > Digital Literacy > Student Use > Student Projects/Presentations > Formatting and Preparation

Graphic Applications (includes pictures, labels, diagrams, charts) 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Software Applications > Graphic Applications (includes pictures, labels, diagrams, charts) 

Graphic Organizers (Venn Diagrams,etc.) 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Software Applications > Graphic Organizers (Venn Diagrams,etc.) 

Purpose

Language Arts > Communication > Media Literacy / Viewing > Purpose

Student Evaluation and Selection of Tools / Software for Task 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Student Use > Student Evaluation and Selection of Tools / Software for Task 

Use Technology when Writing

Language Arts > Computer Literacy Skills > Writing > Use Technology when Writing
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  • This lesson covers some of the more advanced tools used in desktop publishing software and even word processing software. It may be necessary to teach or review the vocabulary used in this lesson including gutter, margin, and template.

  • Design or find a document that students should try to replicate. Have students peer review and then discuss the most challenging aspect of designing the layout. Next, have students change the layout to improve the design. Have students volunteer to show their new designs to the class or small groups.

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