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Type:Lesson

Estimated Time:15 minutes

Score Type:Auto Score

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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 

Information Technology > Software Applications > Desktop Publishing 

Evaluate elements of design 

Media Literacy > Evaluate elements of design 

Formatting and Preparation

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

Formatting and Preparation

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

Use Technology when Writing

Language Arts > Computer Literacy Skills > Writing > Use Technology when Writing

Teacher Notes:

  • 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.

Extension Ideas:

  • 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.

Standards:

S.1.c Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
S.4.b Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
S.6.a Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
ELA-Literacy.W.6.2a Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
ELA-Literacy.W.6.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
ELA-Literacy.W.7.2a Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/ effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
ELA-Literacy.W.7.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.
ELA-Literacy.W.8.2a Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
ELA-Literacy.W.8.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
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